When to Wash - Minnesota Dept. of Health

When to Wash

A poster with a list of some important times to wash your hands.

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Image of When Should I Wash My Hands poster.

Wash your hands:

  • After going to the toilet or changing diapers
  • After coughing or sneezing
  • After getting visible soil on hands
  • After handling raw meat/poultry or unwashed fruits and veggies
  • After playing with pets
  • After smoking, eating or drinking
  • After touching sores, lacerations or infected areas
  • After playing/working outside
  • After playing in water more than one person has used
  • Before and after touching any animals
  • When arriving at work or school
  • Before handling foods
  • Before eating
  • Before giving medications
  • Before putting contacts in eyes
  • Before touching ready-to-eat foods/snacks
  • Lots!

Updated Wednesday, 19-Apr-2017 14:24:54 CDT