Hand washing Importance – Hand washing Steps

Hand washing involves 5 steps.

  1. Wet
  2. Lather
  3. Scrub
  4. Rinse
  5. Dry

All these can reduce the spreading of respiratory illness or diarrhea which in turn keeps you healthy.

Hand washing can be referred to as the “Do-it-yourself-vaccine.

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Washing your hands regularly, especially before and after some activities is recommended way to remove germs, prevent the spread of germs, and a way to avoid getting sick. Hand washing is an activity that the individuals involved are always the winner except for the germs.

Many disease or condition are spread simply by not washing hands with soap and clean running water. In the situation where clean and running water is not available, soup and the available water should be used. If water is not available, an alcoholic hand based sanitizer with at least 60% of alcohol should be used.


When to wash your hands.

  1. Wash hands before, during, and after preparing food.
  2. Wash hands before eating food.
  3. Wash hands before and after caring for someone who is sick.
  4. Wash hands before and after treating a cut or wound.
  5. Wash hands after using the toilet.
  6. Wash hands after changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet.
  7. Wash hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  8. Wash hands after touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste.
  9. Wash hands after handling pet food or pet treats.
  10. Wash hands after touching garbage.

How should you wash your hands?

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, 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, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.


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