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How to Effectively Wash Your Hands

Don't Forget to Clean Your Hands

Cold and flu season is here, and you have control over protecting yourself and family from getting sick by learning when and how to wash your hands. Parents need to teach children the best way to wash their hands so they can help prevent the spread of illness.

Washing Often is Key

If you’re not sure, just go ahead and wash your hands. Here’s a quick guide to help you prevent spreading germs:


  • Before eating food, touching dishes or utensils.

Before and After

  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • Before and after feeding a baby

Before, During, and After

  • Before, during, and after preparing food


  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
  • After handling dirty laundry
  • After touching public items like shopping cards and handles