Hand Washing

Our hands carry lots of germs, and they also touch our eyes, nose and mouth. Keeping our hands clean is important to ensure good hygiene and to help prevent the spread of germs.

When should you wash your hands?

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  • When they are visibly dirty

  • After sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose, using the washroom, handling garbage, changing diapers, handling raw foods, or playing outside

  • Before and after preparing and eating food, touching a cut or open sore, touching eyes, nose, or mouth

How do you properly wash your hands?

  • Wet hands with warm water

  • Apply soap

  • Lather for 15 seconds, rub between fingers, back of hands, fingertips, under nails

  • Rinse well under running, warm water

  • Dry hands with paper towel or hot air blower

  • Turn off tap

Make hand washing fun for your children! Encourage them to sing happy birthday twice, or sing the alphabet while washing their hands.

What if you don’t have access to soap and water?

  • Hand sanitizer can be used when soap and water is not available

  • It should be used when hands are not visibly soiled

Check out this awesome, kid-friendly video that explains the importance of hand washing!


City of Toronto. (2018). Health and Wellness. Retrieved from https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/

Moms Against Cooties. (2018). Health and Wellness. Water Quality and Health Council’s. Retrieved from https://momsagainstcooties.com/category/health-wellness/

Saskatchewan Health Authority. (2013, August 19). Germ Smart – Wash your Hands! YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoxdS4eXy18