Hand Washing 101*
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
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When should you wash 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

What is the right way to wash your hands?

-Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.

-Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

-Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.

-Rinse your hands well under running water.

-Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

* Hand washing: Clean Hands Save Lives , highlight and click on open hyperlink http://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/

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