Steps for Washing Your Hands

1. Wet your hands with warm, running water.

2. Add soap and rub your hands together to make a soapy lather.

3. Rinse your hands under warm running water.


Quick Facts

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Why is handwashing so important?

Our hands are covered with millions of germs (or microbes).  Some are harmless, but others can make us sick.  Nobody enjoys having a cold, the flu or diarrhea, right?   Read More


Who discovered the importance of handwashing?

Remember Ignaz Semmelweis? Of course you don’t. But you’re in his debt nonetheless, because it was Dr. Semmelweis who first demonstrated over a hundred years ago that routine handwashing can prevent the spread of disease.  Read More


Do most people wash their hands?

Wirthlin Worldwide, an international research firm, conducted a Hand washing Observational and Telephone Survey for adults in August 1996, and then again in 2000.  Read More




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The hand-i-wash educational unit is designed to fit over any standard counter sink. With the aid of a UV blacklight and special lotion, participants view “pretend germs” on their hands. By ducking into the unit and washing, individuals can view the lotion being removed as they scrub.  [READ MORE...]

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Lori Jones, a Cent$ible Nutrition educator for University of Wyoming, has taught hand washing education to youth and adults for nearly 10 years.