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Step-by-Step How to Wash

Did you know that lots of people don't know the right way to wash their hands free of germs Remember these helpful hints when you're washing with soap and water or rubbing with hand sanitizer so you can be a super hand-washer!

How to wash your hands with soap and water

Using soap and water whenever your hands are dirty to wash germs and dirt away. You can use whatever soap you like, a bar or liquid. Soaps come in different shapes, colors, and scents.

How to wash with soap and water!

1. Wet your hands with warm water (not too hot and not too cold).

2. Lather. Use enough liquid or bar soap to cover your entire hand.

3. Wash. Rub fronts and backs of hands and in between fingers. Hum or sing "Twinkle, twinkle, Little Star" while you wash to remind you to scrub for 20 seconds.

4. Rinse hands well under running water.

5. Dry with a clean towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the sink.

How to clean your hands with sanitizer

When your hands don't look dirty, hand sanitizers are great for disinfecting. This means they get rid of invisible germs. Hand sanitizers may look different. They can be a liquid, gel, foam, or a wipe, but they all work the same!

How to wash with hand sanitzier1. Gel. Use a squirt of hand sanitizer in a cupped hand.

2. Rub gel or foam all over hands - fronts and backs of hands, and in between your fingers.

3. Dry. Continue rubbing all over your hands until your hands are completely dry, or for about 20-30 seconds.

Last Edited: February 6, 2017
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