Wash Away: Practicing Good Hand Hygiene

Washing your hands. It seems like a simple enough task — something you’ve been doing every day for as long as you can remember. But are you washing your hands as effectively as possible? To prevent the spread of germs and infections, follow this helpful hand washing procedure

  1. Wet hands with warm water.
  2. Add soap.
  3. Add friction to generate lather.
  4. Continue to wash hands for at least 15 seconds.
  5. Dry hands thoroughly.
  6. Turn off faucet with a paper towel.

Additionally, the above hand washing procedure should take place throughout the day, especially:

  • Before preparing or eating food.
  • After using the restroom.
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom.
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick.
  • After taking out the garbage.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

If you are concerned about spreading or contracting an infection, talk to your doctor about other ways to protect yourself.