Washing Your Hands

Staying Healthy

So, why do I need to wash my hands?

Washing your hands regularly is really important. You use your hands in lots of different ways throughout the day which means that there are lots of opportunities for your hands to spread bacteria and possibly make you or others ill.

When should I wash them?

  • After you’ve been to the toilet
  • Before you eat
  • After you’ve been playing with a pet
  • Before preparing food

You should spend at least 20 seconds washing your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap. Make sure you dry them properly too.

How should I wash my hands?

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