How to wash hands

Your hands can help germs move from places, to surfaces, to other people. Washing them is one of the easiest and most effective ways of stopping germs from spreading. Whether you've been in the garden, preparing food, or stroking the cat, regular hand washing helps keep everyone healthy. And if anyone does get ill, make sure you wash hands even more often, using warm water and liquid soap to help keep them germ-free.

When to wash your hands:

  • Before preparing food, and after, especially if you're cooking raw meat.

  • Before eating.

  • After handling your pets, or touching food bowls, cages and litter trays.

  • After using the toilet, or clearing up spillages.

  • After contact with the favourite breeding grounds of germs, like rubbish bins and cleaning cloths.

How to wash your hands

  • Put a generous dollop of liquid soap in your hands and rub them together, palm to palm.

  • Run your right palm over the back of left hand and your left palm over the back of your right hand.

  • Next, lace your fingers together and rub your palms.

  • Lie the palm of one hand on top of the other, lace your fingers together, and rub. Repeat for the other hand.

  • Tuck your right thumb into your left palm, wrap your fingers around your thumb, and rotate. Repeat for the other hand.

  • Turn your left hand, palm up, and lie the fingers of your right hand over those of your left. Lock them together and rub them up and down.

  • Put the tips of your fingers into the palm of your other hand, and rub in a circular motion. Repeat for the other hand.

  • Rinse and then dry thoroughly. The whole process should take about 15-30 seconds.

Germs Love Hands:

80% of all infectious diseases are passed by human contact.

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