Keeping hands clean is one
of the most important things
we can do to stop the
spread of germs and stay
healthy. Stop germs and stay healthy by washing your hands!
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm
or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with
the soap – be sure to get the backs of your hands,
under your fingernails, and between your fingers!
- Scrub your hands for 20 seconds.
- Turn on the tap and rinse your hands under clean
- Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel or
- Before, during, and after preparing food.
- Before eating food.
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick.
- Before and after treating a cut or wound.
- After using the restroom.
- After changing a diaper or cleaning up a child after
using the restroom.
- After blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing.
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal
- After handling pet food or pet treats.
- After handling garbage.
For more information on how hand-washing helps to prevent the spread of disease, visit the CDC’s Hand-washing website