National Consumers League

Happy Hand Washing Awareness Week!


It’s that time of year – the snow is falling, friends are calling, noses are running, and throats are aching. YOU have the power to fight the germs and take control of your health by washing your hands.  What better a way to celebrate Hand Washing Awareness Week than to remind you of these few simple steps from the CDC: With old-fashioned soap and water:

  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available
  • Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces
  • Continue rubbing hands for 15-20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend
  • Rinse hands well under running water
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet
  • Always use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty
With an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
  • Apply product to the palm of one hand
  • Rub hands together
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry