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How to Properly Wash Your Hands

One of the best ways to keep you and your family healthy is by properly washing your hands. Despite being taught to wash our hands as children, many of us don’t know the proper techniques for washing our hands correctly, or how often we should be performing this important task. We’ll walk you through the proper steps as laid out by the leading health organizations around the globe such as the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

When should you wash your hands?

The major health organizations have a general list of activities that they recommend washing your hands before, during and after. 

Wash your hands before:

  • Preparing and eating food
  • Treating a cut or wound
  • Caring for someone who is ill

Wash your hands during:

  • Food preparation

Wash your hands after:

  • Food preparation
  • Treating a cut or wound
  • Using the restroom
  • Changing a diaper
  • Cleaning a child who has used the restroom
  • Coming in contact with animals, animal food, or animal waste (pets included)
  • After coming in contact with garbage
  • Blowing your nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Caring for someone who is ill

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