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How To Wash Your Hands Correctly

How do I wash my hands correctly?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. 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.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them, and use a paper towel to turn off the faucet, and then throw it away.

How do I clean my hands without soap or water?
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

  • Apply the product to the palm of one hand.
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your until your hands are dry.

Take a minute and enjoy the brief informational hand-washing video

Good Handwashing Is the BEST way to stay healthy



Hand-washing (aka hand-hygiene) Helps Stop The Spread Of Germs


Correct hand-washing technique keeps you and others safe:


  • 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


  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after patient care in any setting
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet and before exiting the restroom
  • 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 visiting an outpatient setting (Physicians office/Dentist office/Clinic)
  • After shopping
  • Before and after handling food
  • After traveling on public transportation
  • Any any time hands are soiled


What is the difference?
Hand hygiene . A general term that applies to either
handwashing, antiseptic handwash, antiseptic hand rub, or
surgical hand antisepsis.
Handwashing . Washing hands with plain (i.e., non-antimi-
crobial) soap and water.
Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings
Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices
Advisory Committee and the HICPAC/SHEA/APIC/IDSA
Hand Hygiene Task Force
Vol. 51 / RR-16
Activity of Antiseptic Agents Against
Spore-Forming Bacteria
The widespread prevalence of health-care–associated diarrhea                                                            caused by Clostridium difficile and the recent occurrence
in the United States of human Bacillus anthracis infections                                                                    associated with contaminated items sent through the postal
system has raised concern regarding the activity of antiseptic
agents against spore-forming bacteria. None of the agents
(including alcohols, chlorhexidine, hexachlorophene,
iodophors, PCMX, and triclosan) used in antiseptic handwash
or antiseptic hand-rub preparations are reliably sporicidal
against Clostridium spp. or Bacillus spp. (120,172,224,225).
Washing hands with non-antimicrobial or antimicrobial soap
and water may help to physically remove spores from the sur-
face of contaminated hands. HCWs should be encouraged
to wear gloves when caring for patients with
C. difficile – associated diarrhea (226). After gloves are removed, hands
should be washed with a non-antimicrobial or an antimicro-
bial soap and water or disinfected with an alcohol-based hand
rub. During outbreaks of C. difficile-related infections, washing                                                              hands with a non-antimicrobial or antimicrobial soap and
water after removing gloves is prudent. HCWs with suspected
or documented exposure to B. anthracis-contaminated items also should be encouraged to wash their hands with a non-antimicrobial or antimicrobial soap and water

C. difficile Prevention






  • Hand-washing. Health care workers, visitors, and patients all  should practice good hand hygiene (aka hand-washing)  before and after care, before and after entering the patient’s room, before and after eating, before exiting a restroom, before and after treatments, after changing diapers, before and after handling food, after visiting shopping centers and visiting the gym.  In the event of a C. diff. outbreak, using soap and warm water is proven effective in hand washing as studies have proven alcohol-based hand sanitizers are not effective destroying C. diff. spores.
  • Contact precautions. People who are hospitalized with C. diff. have a private room or share a room with someone who has the same illness. Hospital staff and visitors follow the infection control guidelines and wear disposable gloves and gowns while in the room, and removed before leaving the patient’s room.
  • Environmental cleaning. All high-touch non-porous surfaces should be carefully disinfected with a product that contains chlorine bleach and/or a product that has been EPA registered and has the C. diff. kill.  The Clostridium difficile spores can survive routine cleaning products that don’t contain bleach.
  • * * * * * *  Avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics.  This matter can not be stressed enough worldwide.  The Center of Disease Control and Prevention have issued an updated report in March 2014 regarding the use of Antibiotics and providing Physicians pertinent information with the limiting usage of Antibiotics for viruses.  The reports have found that sometimes Antibiotics are prescribed to treat viral illnesses that aren’t helped by these drugs, and can lead to Antibiotic resistance and super-bugs.  When symptoms linger/worsen and do not improve – please contact the Physician to report. If an Antibiotic is needed to treat the symptoms, the Physician/Healthcare professional will assess the symptoms and prescribe as indicated.

Hand Hygiene Portable Sinks & Outdoor Portable Washing Stations

Making the difference; Raising C. diff. awareness to every professional,  in every industry. Having the ability to wash hands and STOP the spread of harmful germs is an important matter.  The information provided regarding Outdoor Portable Washing Stations offered by portablehandwashing.com  is one option for professionals worldwide to combat the spreading of harmful germs while working in environments where running water is unattainable.  

The Portable Handwashing company has given permission to share their site for information and options available to maintain hand hygiene and to aid in keeping workers safe.  


Hand washing; Stop giving C diff, and other harmful germs, a free ride!

Outdoor Portable Sinks & Outdoor Portable Handwash Stations

Find the biggest selection of outdoor portable handwashing sinks from the industry’s top manufacturers including PolyJohn and Ozark River at PortableHandwashing.com. Mobile outdoor portable hand wash stations are perfect for commercial catering and food service applications, agriculture, construction work sites, festivals, farmers markets, and any other locations where outdoor handwashing is needed. Ozark River Nature Series outdoor portable sinks feature hot water operation and a high-density polyethylene construction with an all stainless steel top and basin. These high quality durable outdoor portable sinks are NSF certified and a great option for bringing hot water to hand washing outdoors. PolyJohn portable handwashing sinks come in many different sizes and styles perfect for all types of outdoor events.
The classic PolyJohn PSW1-1000 model has been the industry standard for many years and is very easy to transport featuring a built-in handle and lightweight rubber tread wheels. Both Ozark River and PolyJohn outdoor sinks from PortableHandwashing.com comply with hand washing codes and regulations and are shipped fully assembledImage

Hand Washing Technique

Wash both hands for at least twenty seconds. One rendition of “Happy Birthday” usually takes twenty seconds for a successful length of time and positive hand hygiene technique.