Last Updated MAY 2022

12 Step Hand Washing Guide

How much do you know about handwashing? These easy-to-follow 12-steps will teach you all you need to make sure your hands are clean.

12 Steps for Proper Hand Washing

Total time: 60 seconds

  1. Wet hands with water.

  2. Apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces.

  3. Rub hands palm to palm.

  4. Right palm over left dorsum with interlaced fingers and vice versa.

  5. Palm to palm with fingers interlaced.

  6. Backs of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked.

  7. Rotational rubbing of left thumb clasped in right palm and vice versa.

  8. Rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of right hand in left palm and vice versa.

  9. Rinse hands with water.

  10. Dry thoroughly with a single-use towel.

  11. Use towel to turn off faucet.

  12. Your hands are now safe.
Additional Tips:
  • Clean your hands regularly
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, then dry them thoroughly
  • Use alcohol-based hand rub if you don’t have immediate access to soap and water.

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