Correct hand washing helps keep you healthy!

An easy way to stay healthy this flu season is by washing your hands regularly. It is the easiest way to prevent the spread of germs.

The five simple steps:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, around your thumbs and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel, or air dry them.

Using hand sanitizer

When soap and water is not available, the second best approach is to use a hand sanitizer (at least 60 percent alcohol).

  1. Apply gel into your palm (read the label for the correct amount).
  2. Rub your hands together.
  3. Rub the gel over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

You probably know you will want to wash your hands before, during, and after preparing food; before eating; 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/sneezing; after touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste; after handling pet food or pet treats; after touching garbage.

Wash your hands often and keep you and your family healthy!

Taken from CDC.gov/handwashing.