Handwashing 101 – Now Is NOT the Time to Let Up On Your Technique


As we start to lighten up on our sheltering-in restrictions, now is not the time to lighten up on our health and hygiene practices. All the things that keep us healthy and happy will continue to do so in the coming months and for years to come. That is why now it is more important than ever to continue to focus on our handwashing techniques.

Proper handwashing is one of the best ways to avoid the spread of germs and getting sick – no matter what the illness is. Make sure you follow these tips to help stop the spread of unhealthy germs.

Always wash your hands before:

  • Preparing or touching food
  • Eating
  • Touching or caring for someone
  • Having contact with a sick person
  • Treating a cut or wound

Always wash your hands after:

  • Using the restroom
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Blowing your nose
  • Touching garbage
  • Touching high traffic areas like banisters or railings; heavily used doorknobs; etc.
  • Touching an animal or an animal’s food

The Best Handwashing Technique:

  • Wet your hands thoroughly
  • Apply soap liberally
  • Scrub for a minimum of 20 seconds (Sing Happy Birthday; ABC’s use whatever works for you)
  • Wash between fingers and under fingernails
  • Rinse