Hand Hygiene 101

Hand-washing is an easy way to prevent infection. Learn when to wash your hands, how to properly use hand sanitizer, and how to get your children into the habit. Frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness.


When to wash your hands

As you touch people, surfaces, and objects, you accumulate germs on your hands. You can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, or spread them to others. Although it's impossible to keep your hands germ-free, washing your hands frequently can help limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes.


Always wash your hands before:

  • Before and during food preparation

  • Treating wounds or caring for a sick person

  • Inserting or removing contact lenses

  • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth


Always wash your hands after:

  • Preparing food

  • Using the toilet, changing a diaper or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

  • Touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste

  • Blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing

  • Treating wounds or caring for a sick person

  • Touching garbage

  • Handling pet food or pet treats

  • You have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by others


How to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers, which don't require water, are an acceptable alternative when soap and water aren't available. If you use a hand sanitizer, make sure the product contains at least 60% alcohol.

Follow these steps:


  • Apply the product to the palm of one hand. Check the label to find out the appropriate amount.

  • Rub your hands together.

  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.


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References: www.cdc.gov/handwashing