5 steps for handwashing

Public health experts recommend the following steps for handwashing:

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold). Apply soap.

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slide 1 of 5, Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold). Apply soap.,

Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap.

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slide 2 of 5, Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap.,

Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.

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slide 3 of 5, Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. ,

Scrub the backs of hands, between fingers, palms, and under nails.

Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

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slide 4 of 5, Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.,

Protect your hand with a paper towel when you turn off the faucet. Dry your hands using a clean towel, or air-dry them.

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slide 5 of 5, Protect your hand with a paper towel when you turn off the faucet. Dry your hands using a clean towel, or air-dry them.,

Current as of: September 15, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine

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