Handwashing, when done correctly, is your best protection against the spread of communicable diseases.

Good handwashing technique is easy to learn and can significantly reduce the spread of infectious diseases among both children and adults.

  1. Wet your hands with warm running water.
  2. Add soap, then rub your hands together. Do this away from the running water for at least 20 seconds, being careful not to wash the lather away. Wash the front and back of your hands, as well as between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Rinse your hands well under running water.
  4. Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel.

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Last Revised: August 5, 2021