Washing your hands with water and soap is an effective way to prevent and control illness from spreading. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Always wash your hands when:
- You come indoors from outside.
- You start preparing meals or eating.
- You sneeze, cough, or blow your nose.
- You touch surfaces an infected person has touched.
- You use the toilet.
How to wash your hands:
- Wet your hands under warm running water.
- Apply enough soap to cover your hands and rub them vigorously together.
- Rub the back of your hands, clean in between your fingers, and rub your thumbs.
- Put your palms together, interlock your fingers, and rub them together.
- Rinse your hands with running water.
- Dry your hands thoroughly on a disposable towel.
- Turn off the tap with the towel.
At home, remember to change and wash all hand towels regularly. If someone in your household is ill, each household member should have a towel that only they use. While illness continues, change and wash towels every day.
Don’t spread microbes and bacteria! Cover your mouth with a tissue or your upper sleeve – never your hand – if you cough or sneeze.