National Handwashing Awareness Week: 3 Tips for Keeping Hands Clean

Dec 1-7, 2020  is National Handwashing Awareness Week. Here are three important tips for keeping hands squeaky clean. 

One of the most important things 2020 will be remembered for years from now will be the focus on personal hygiene to stop the spread of germs. Handwashing plays a vital role on this front, and 2020 has proven to be of fundamental importance for completing this action many times throughout the day to protect yourself and others from viruses. 

As we’ve learned, touching your own face with hands that haven’t been properly cleaned can spread illnesses, pneumonia, a cold, and the flu.

Dec 1-7 is recognized as National Handwashing Awareness Week. It is an important time to remind the public about the steps needed to stay safe from COVID-19, flu, pneumonia, and other bacteria. Take time to review these critical steps and motivate people around you to improve their hand washing habits. 

Here are three important tips for keeping hands squeaky clean. 


It’s critical to wash your hands all the time. For instance, you should wash your hands when you enter a building, before you leave the house, and when you return, it is the only way to reduce a person to person transmission of viruses like COVID-19. Washing your hands before you cook or eat food and after using the bathroom are some of the most critical times to perform the action.


The recommended amount of time you should spend lathering up antibacterial soap and rinsing your hands with warm water is at least 30 seconds. Don’t forget to scrub under your fingernails when you’re washing as most bacteria live under there. 


After you’ve washed your hands, be sure to dry them thoroughly. This is an important part of the process. Walking away from the sink with wet hands to have them air dry or wiping them on your side or multi-use cloth are all ways to promote the spread of bacteria. Disposable paper towels are the best way to keep your clean hands dry and protected. 

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