Handwashing Tips!

Posted on: December 4, 2018

Contributor(s): Tyler Adams


This year, December 2nd – 8th is National Handwashing Awareness Week.  It’s no secret that washing your hands can help prevent the contamination and spread of sickness and disease; but just how effective is handwashing and what are the “need-to-knows” about the practice?

According to the CDC, Studies have shown that handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu.  Germs can enter our bodies through our nose, eyes, and mouth by way of our hands.  When washing your hands, the CDC recommends you follow these five steps every time.

  • 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. 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.

The CDC says, “Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.”

Primary Health Solutions encourages frequent handwashing to prevent the spread of germs.


For more information on handwashing check out the CDC website here