Health Activity: Hand washing

Appropriate for: All ages, younger children may need supervision

Wash them: Before, during, and after preparing food, or before eating. Before and after caring for someone who is sick or you treat a cut or wound. After you use the toilet, or change diapers or clean up a child who used the toilet. After you blow your nose, cough, or sneeze and also after you touch an animal, their feed, or waste or you touch garbage.

Wash them the right way: Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap. Rub your hands together to make 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 twice. Rinse your hands well under running water. Dry them using a clean towel or air dry.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them and reduce your risk of getting sick. Adopting this simple habit can play a major role in protecting your health and your family’s health.

Information provided from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.