Is hand-washing technique important?
Knowing how to wash your hands correctly is just as important as knowing when to wash them. Just rinsing them quickly is not enough. When you wash your hands:
  • Always use warm, running water and soap.
  • Rub hands together vigorously until a soapy lather appears and continue for 20 seconds. Be sure to wash all surfaces thoroughly, including the wrists, fingers, palms and top of hands, between fingers, and under fingernails.
  • Rinse hands under warm running water. Leave the water running while drying hands.
  • Dry hands with a clean, disposable (single use) towel.
  • Turn the faucet off using the towel as a barrier between your hands and the faucet handle.

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