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Hand washing is one of the most important ways of stopping germs spreading, as they can be transported on hands to places, surfaces and other people. When someone in the home is ill, make sure everyone washes their hands frequently using warm water and liquid soap, so they’re germ-free, and dry them thoroughly.

When to wash your hands:

  • After contact with contaminated items, such as rubbish bins and cleaning cloths.
  • Before preparing food.
  • Before eating.
  • After using the toilet or clearing up spillages.
  • After handling pets or pets’ items.

How to wash your hands:

  • Step 1 - Apply liquid soap and rub hands together for 15-30 seconds, palm to palm.
  • Step 2 - Right palm over back of left hand and left hand over back of right hand.
  • Step 3 - Palm to palm, fingers interlaced.
  • Step 4 - Backs of fingers to opposite hands, palms with fingers interlocked.
  • Step 5 - Rotational rubbing of right thumb clasped in left palm and vice versa.
  • Step 6 - Rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards, with clasped fingers of right hand in left palm and vice versa.