Clean Your Hands! Poster

This 11x17 poster shows the steps for washing hands with soap and water or cleaning with alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

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How to wash your hands with soap and water:

  • Use soap and warm, running water.
  • Keep fingers pointing down.
  • Rub hands vigorously for 20 seconds. Wash all surfaces:
  • Backs of hands
  • Wrists
  • Between fingers
  • Tips of fingers
  • Thumbs
  • Under fingernails
  • Dry vigorously with paper or clean cloth towel.
  • Turn off faucet with towel and open door with towel.

How it works:

  • The soap suspends the dirt and soils.
  • The friction motion helps pull dirt and greasy or oily soils free from the skin.
  • Warm running water washes away suspended dirt and soils that trap germs.
  • Final friction of wiping hands removes more germs.

How to clean your hands with a alcohol-based handrub:

  • Apply a dime sized amount of handrub gel to the palm of one hand or use a alcohol- based handrub wipe.
  • Rub hands together covering all surfaces of hands and fingers until handrub is absorbed.

How they work:

  • Act quickly to kill microorganisms
  • Reduce bacterial counts on hands

Wash your hands with soap and water when your hands are visibly soiled. If soap and water is not available, use alcohol-based handrub (wipes or gel).

Food handlers in restaurants, schools, delis and grocery stores must wash their hands with soap and water before applying hand sanitizers.
[Minn Rules Chap. 4626.0070 - 4626.0085]

Updated Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 09:42AM