When should I wash my hands?
- Before leaving home and after arriving
- After using the bathroom
- Before, during and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After coughing, blowing your nose or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal waste or animal feed
- After handling pet treats or pet food
- After touching garbage
How should I wash my hands?
Wet your hands using clean, running water. Turn off the tap and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather between your fingers, the backs of your hands and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. That’s about the time it takes to hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice from beginning to end.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel.
Carefully follow the steps shown in this video from the CDC to properly wash your hands and prevent the spread of germs: