Celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day by Properly Washing Your Hands

It may seem like an everyday activity which needs no explanation, but how does your usual hand washing practice compare to the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)?


  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap.  Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.  Need a timer?  Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and clean water is not available, the CDC recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  It’s important to note that sanitizers do NOT eliminate all types of germs and might not remove harmful chemicals.

This hand washing demonstration will show you how hand washing can get rid of germs and chemicals that get on our hands every day.

Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands!

And if you’re in contact with heavy metals, be sure to use a soap specifically formulated to remove the toxic residue.  BE SAFE!  USE CLEAN-ALL HEAVY METALS® HAND & BODY SOAP!

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