Handwashing - Clean Hands Save Lives

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When & How to Wash Hands: Key Times and Tips

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Show Me the Science: Data Behind Our Recommendations

Handwashing can help prevent illness. It involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. 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.

Learn more about when and how to wash your hands, the importance of using soap and water, and what you can do if soap and clean, running water are not available. Whether you are at home, at work, traveling, or already sick, find out how good hand hygiene can protect you, your family, and others. More…

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Learn how to wash your hands the right way and why it’s important to wash hands with soap and water.

Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands! (English)
Acabe con los microbios. ¡Lávese las manos! (Español)

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Page last reviewed: June 13, 2019