Proper Handwashing Procedures

Adults and children should wash their hands:

  • After touching trash cans or lids
  • Before and after eating
  • After toileting
  • After caring for or playing with animals
  • After cleaning up spills
  • After wiping nose or coughing into hand
  • After diapering or assisting a child using the toilet
  • After messy play such as painting or gluing
  • Before and after group water play in the same water table or other container
  • Before and after administering medication
  • When leaving the home

Proper handwashing procedure:

  • Moisten hands with warm running water and use liquid soap
  • Rub hands together front, back, wrists and between fingers for at last 10-20 seconds
  • Rinse wrists to fingertips until free of soap under warm running water
  • Dry hands with paper towel or rub hands together under an air dryer
  • Use a paper towel to turn off faucets and throw the paper towel into a hands-free trash container

Gloves, wipes, or alcohol-based hand sanitizers:

  • Wipes and hand sanitizers do not count as substitutes for handwashing and should only be used when soap and running water are not available. (Field trips, playground)
  • If gloves are used, hands need to be washed with soap and water before applying the gloves and after the removal of the gloves.
  • Alcohol-based sanitizers should only be used where no other alternative exists. It is important to follow the
    manufacturer’s instructions and keep the sanitizer clearly labeled and out of the reach of children

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