Proper Hand Washing Technique

Proper Hand Washing Technique

Proper hand washing techniques are important for parents and for kids, no matter how dirty their hands get. According to the Mayo Clinic, proper hand washing requires good old fashioned soap, scrubbing and warm water. Proper hand washing is important to get rid of the dirt you can see and the dirt you can't.

Hand Soap

Use liquid soap or bar soap, it doesn't matter which. Standard soap is fine for regular and proper hand washing. Your hands do not get cleaner with anti-bacterial soap.

Wash Thoroughly

Work the soap up into a generous lather. You should wash your hands with warm water rather than cold.

Scrub Your Hands

You rub the hands together, scrubbing the backs of both hands and turning over to make sure you get soap up under your nails. Remember, if you only wash the surface of your palms and not the backs of your hands, you're not cleaning thoroughly.

Rinse Your Hands

Rinse your hands clean of all soap. Hand washing posters suggest that you rinse before and after you scrub. If you still see traces of dirt on your hands, you can scrub them again.

Towel Dry

Use a hand towel to dry your hands and turn off the water with the towel if you're washing your hands at home.

Hands Free

Most public bathrooms provide hands free washing options. You wave your hand under the soap dispenser, under the water faucet and under the towel dispenser or air dryer. By making the devices hands free you reduce the number of transmitted germs and get hands properly cleaned. This is important because many employees use public bathrooms at their works and hand washing posters in all businesses require proper hand washing by employees before they go back to work.

Always Wash Your Hands

You should wash your hands:

  • After using the toilet
  • After changing a diaper — wash the diaper-wearer's hands, too
  • After touching animals or animal waste
  • Before and after preparing food, especially before and immediately after handling raw meat, poultry or fish
  • Before eating
  • After blowing your nose
  • After coughing or sneezing into your hands
  • Before and after treating wounds or cuts
  • Before and after touching a sick or injured person
  • After handling garbage

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Proper Hand Washing Technique