Proper Way to Wash Your Hands

September 21, 2018

Proper Way to Wash Your Hands

Why should I wash my hands?

The most important way to prevent food poisoning is to wash your hands properly. But while we may think we are careful enough, research shows that many people’s hands are still far from clean, even after they feel they’ve washed them properly.

When should I wash my hands?

  • Before handling, cooking or eating food, and after handling raw meat or eggs
  • After activities such as going to the toilet, changing nappies and petting animals
  • More frequently when anyone in your household is sick

Follow the Steps


Wet your hands thoroughly under warm running water and apply soap to them.

Soapy hands


Rub your hands together to make a lather and spread it over all areas of your hands and wrists, making sure it covers palms, backs, wrists, fingernails and fingers, and rubbing between each finger and round your thumbs. It’s this action which helps the soap dislodge and remove dirt and germs.

scrubbing hands


Rinse the soap off completely under a stream of clean running water.

rinsing hands


Dry your hands thoroughly, using a clean hand towel or hand dryer, not a tea towel or your clothes.

drying hands

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