How to Properly Wash Your Hands

Washing our hands frequently and thoroughly is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of germs and infection. This is especially important during flu season. But, are you washing your hands properly?

Chances are, the answer is no.

The CDC recommends a five-step process to properly wash your hands. Those steps are:

  1. Wet your hands, then apply soap.
    Tip: Turn off the faucet while applying soap to save water!
  2. Lather your whole hands, including the backs, between your fingers and under your nails.
    Tip: Lather up your arms, as well, to remove extra bacteria
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
    Tip: Hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice to get your timing right
  4. Rinse your hands under clean, running water.
    Tip: Use a clean towel to turn off the faucet
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air drier.
    Tip: If you have to open a door to exit the sink area, use a clean towel to avoid exposing yourself to new germs