Hand Washing Guide

  • When to Wash your Hands  washing hands

    • Always before you eat
    • Always after you use the bathroom
    • Before, during, and after food preparation
    • After handling animals or animal waste
    • When your hands are dirty
    • More frequently when someone in your home is sick 

    Taking a few seconds to wash your hands will prevent you from being sick and can save time and money later at the doctor’s office.

    • Each year, Americans are sick more than 4 billion days. (CDC)
    • Americans spend more than $950 billion on direct medical costs. (CDC)
    • Nearly 22million school days are lost annually due to the common cold alone. (CDC, 1996)