Handwashing: the DIY Vaccine

Washing hands with soap and water

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According to the CDC– Hand washing, although a simple thing, is actually like your very own “do-it-yourself vaccine.” Studies have show that by thoroughly washing your hands reduces the risk, and spread, of intestinal and respiratory illnesses.

How to Correctly Wash Your Hands:

Paying attention to washing your hands correctly is key… yes, there is a right way to do it. Remember you are your own DIY vaccine. The CDC recommends the following helpful tips on how to wash your hands:

Begin by wetting hands with clean, running water. The water can be warm, or cold. Either are fine.

Lather soap by rubbing hands together, and make sure that the lather covers all area of your hands. Make sure to fully lather between your fingers

Scrub for a minimum of 20 seconds. CDC recommends timing it, by humming Happy Birthday (from beginning to end) twice.


Then, rinse under clean, running water.

Dry hands with a clean towel, or paper towel. If not available, allow to air dry.

You Should Always Wash Your Hands, When:

  1. Before, during and after food preparation
  2. Before eating food
  3. After using the toilet, changing diapers, and cleaning up after children who have just used the bathroom.
  4. After handling garbage
  5. After handling animal waste
  6. When handling fertilizers, or animal feed
  7. After handling pet foods, or pet treats
  8. When caring for someone sick– before and after
  9. When blowing your nose, coughing, or after sneezing
  10. Whenever treating a cut, wash hands before and after.