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Handwashing

Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick: wash your hands

Why should I wash my hands?
Washing with soap and water
Cleaning with hand sanitizers
How can I stay healthy?

Handwashing How To Poster
Download printable full color poster with the 6 steps to clean hands.


  • Why should I wash my hands?
    • Proper hand hygiene may eliminate nearly half of all cases of foodborne illness and significantly reduce the spread of the common cold and flu.
    • Hands are the most exposed part of the body to germs.
    • Touching the eyes, mouth, nose or food can transfer the germs into the body.


  • Washing with soap and water
    • Wet hands with warm running water.
    • Add soap.
    • Wash hands by rubbing for 20 seconds.
      • Wash all surfaces of hands and wrists.
    • Rinse under warm running water.
    • Dry vigorously with paper towel or clean cloth towel.
    • Turn off faucet with towel and open door with towel.

  • Cleaning with hand sanitizers
    • Apply a dime sized ammount of handrub gel to the palm of one hand or use a alcohol-based handrub wipe.
    • Rub hands together covering all surfaces of hands and fingers.
    • Rub until handrub is absorbed.

  • How can I stay healthy?
    • Clean your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible.
    • Get vaccinated!