9 HandWashing Tips

Regular handwashing, before and after particular activities is the most important and easiest way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. Always use soap with clean water or an alcohol-based sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol.

Make sure to wash your hands when…

PREPARING FOODS
Before, during and after preparing food

EATING
Before eating

CARING FOR THE SICK
Before and after caring for someone who is sick

CARING FOR OPEN WOUNDS
Before and after taking care of an open wound

USING RESTROOMS
After using the restroom and/or cleaning up a child

YOU HAVE A COLD
After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing

CARING FOR ANIMALS
After touching animals, animal waste or animal food

TOUCHING GARBAGE
After touching garbage

 

For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/handwashing/