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How To Wash Your Hands


Updated January 24, 2014

The best way to stop the spread of infections is to keep your hands clean. Wash your hands before and after every first aid procedure.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: One minute

Here's How:

  1. Wet hands, preferably with warm water.


  2. Use soap - any soap will do. Lather your hands front and back, and between all fingers.


  3. Continue lathering all around your hands and between the fingers for at least 20 seconds. Humming the theme song from Jeopardy! takes about 15 seconds.


  4. Rinse your hands thoroughly.


  5. Dry your hands using a clean, dry paper or cloth. Use the towel to turn off the faucet.



  1. Waterless hand cleaners (Compare Prices) can be used if water is unavailable. Apply hand cleaners liberally; make sure to cover both hands completely.
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