Tips for washing your hands

* Wet your hands first with warm running water

* Apply soap

* Rub hands together vigorously for 15 seconds

* Scrub fingertips of each hand into palms

* Wash between and around fingers and include thumbs

* Wash your wrists, as these are commonly missed areas

* Rinse thoroughly under warm running water

* Pat hands dry with a paper towel

* Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet

* Plain soap does the job; antibacterial soap is not necessary in most instances. It’s the rubbing action that is more important

* Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is preferred over soap and water and is convenient to use. Hand washing with soap and water needs to be done when hands are visibly soiled

*When using hand sanitizer, apply a dime to quarter size amount and rub all areas of the hand. Be sure to dry hands completely and don’t wipe or rinse it off

* Use lotion to keep skin from cracking during cold and dry weather

* Have children wash their hands frequently, including upon arrival home after school

Keeping hands clean is the best way to prevent infection and illness. Remember to clean your hands:

* 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 toilet

* After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

* After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

* After touching an animal or animal waste

* After handling pet food or pet treats

* After touching garbage

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