Importance of Handwashing
Proper Handwashing Technique
- Wash for at least 20 seconds. While many people think the temperature of the water is what matters, it is actually the scrubbing that helps. According to the CDC, washing for at least 20 seconds will remove more germs from your hands than only washing for a few seconds. The water can be hot or cold, whichever temperature suits your skin best.
- Use thorough friction, especially under the nails. Along with soap, friction helps lift grease, dirt, and microbes from the skin which ultimately helps reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria.
- Remember to wash everywhere. Make sure to scrub your wrists, between all fingers, and beneath the fingernails to remove all microbes.
When to Wash Hands
- After using the toilet, helping another person use the toilet, or changing diapers/undergarments
- Preparing food
- Prior to eating
- After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
- Before and after caring for someone who is ill
- Before and after treating a wound
- After handling garbage
- After touching a pet or pet food