University of Missouri Homepage
Print    Email
Decrease (-) Restore Default Increase (+) font size
Washing Hands

What is it about washing hands that has adults so worried? Well, washing hands is the best way to prevent germs from spreading over your body and making you sick.

Think about all of the germs we come into contact with everyday. Every time you go open a door, touch a stairwell, use a water fountain, or eat a public restaurant, you are exposed to tons and tons of germs. Unless you live your life in a bubble or constantly wear rubber gloves (not the best fashion idea) you will be exposed to germs.

Here are a few easy, simple tips for washing your hands to cut down on germs:

  • Use warm water. Do not use water that is either extremely hot or cold.
  • Pick out whatever soap you would like. Soap comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes so pick out your favorite.
  • Wash all over your hands. This includes between your fingers and underneath your fingernails.
  • Wash your hands for about fifteen seconds. This is about enough time to sing a slow version of "Happy Birthday" or the "ABC" song.
  • Rinse your hands and use a clean towel to dry your hands.

There are certain times throughout the day when it is very helpful to wash your hands.

  • Wash before cooking, preparing, or eating food.
  • Wash after blowing your nose or using the bathroom.
  • Wash after playing outside or playing with pets.
  • Wash if you visit a sick relative at the hospital or at home.

Following these tips will result in a healthier and happier you!

Giving Web Communications Site Index Disclaimer Privacy Policy En Espagnol
Mizzou University of MissouriUniversity of Missouri System