Way to Go! According to the Centers for Disease Control and other hand washing experts- you should wash your hands for 15-20 seconds (sing the ABC song 2 times through or sing the Soaper Hero song.
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#2 Where should you dry your hands?
WOW! You really are part of the “Clean Team”! You’re right! You just made sure you had nice clean hands by washing them- you want to keep them clean when you dry them too!
Well - that’s probably not the best idea. After all, you’ve just washed your hands to make sure they’re clean. Your jeans aren’t a clean place to dry your hands.
That’s not exactly true. Microorganisms (germs) grow especially well in an environment that is warm and wet. When you have just washed your hands, they are both warm and wet. It is important you thoroughly DRY your hands as part of the handwashing method.
You’re right that it’s important to dry your hands! But remember that you want to dry your hands on something CLEAN. If everyone is using the same towel, it isn’t going to be very clean.
#3 When should you wash your hands?
ABSOLUTELY! That’s a very important time to wash your hands.
That’s right! You want to make sure to have the cleanest possible hands before handing food.
You’re so good! Animals can carry bacteria, dirt and other things you don’t want to keep on your hands.
YOU ARE A SOAPER HERO!!! You’re absolutely right- you should make sure to wash your hands after using the restroom, before preparing food, and after petting an animal. Some other times when it’s important to wash your hands: after sneezing or coughing, blowing your nose, or touching a sore.
#4 What supplies do you need for hand washing?
CORRECT- The Soaper Heros (Soaper man, Water woman, and Dry boy), work together to battle germs. Without one another, they wouldn’t be successful at hand washing.
You’ve got the right idea, but HOT water isn’t necessary. You want to make sure the water is a temperature that you can tolerate. If it’s uncomfortable to keep your hands under the water, you probably aren’t going to do as good of a job washing your hands.
Although hand sanitizers can be a good alternative when you don’t have access to soap and water, they aren’t a SUBSTITUTE for hand washing. “Hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection,” according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Actually, hand washing is VERY important. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.”
#5 Which parts of your hands should you scrub while hand washing?
It is important to wash the tops of your hands, but don’t stop there! Soaper man says, “Make sure to remember your palms, knuckles, fingers, and fingernails- oh, and also your wrists!”
It’s true- you want those parts of your hands to be nice and clean. But don’t forget to also wash your knuckles, fingers, fingernails, and wrists too!
You’re getting the idea, but don’t forget your fingers, fingernails and wrists too!
Way to Go! The Clean Team agrees with you. Make sure to wash your entire hands and wrists thoroughly. Take 15-20 seconds JUST on the scrubbing portion of hand washing.