Handwashing tips
March 5, 2018 | by The Polyclinic


Think about all of the things you may have touched before picking up your food. From a door handle to your cell phone, you most likely have come in contact with germs.

You can protect yourself from germs by simply washing your hands throughout the day. It’s one of the best ways to protect yourself from the flu. By washing your hands, you automatically reduce the spread of germs that can cause common illnesses like diarrhea and respiratory infections.

How Should You Wash Your Hands?

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Wet. Use clean running water, warm or cold, and apply soap.
  2. Lather. Rub your hands together with soap. Make sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Scrub. For at least 20 seconds, scrub your hands. Tip: sing Happy Birthday twice or set a timer to help practice.
  4. Rinse.
  5. Dry. Use a clean towel or air dry.

Learn more about when to wash your hands.

Helpful Handwashing Tips

  • Create a pre-meal routine where everyone washes their hands together.
  • Let kids choose a special towel or soap dispenser to help encourage washing.
  • If you don’t have access to a sink, try hand sanitizer. Although sanitizers are not as effective as washing your hands with soap and water, and may have chemicals, they can help. Look for a product that contains 60 percent alcohol.

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