Hand Washing

Algoma Public Health

Hand Washing

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Why is hand washing important?


Hand washing, when done correctly, is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of diseases. Your health is in your clean hands.


Follow these five easy steps to wash your hands and get rid of germs.

5 steps to successfully cleaning your hands


  1. Wet Hands
  2. Soap and Lather (20 sec.)
  3. Rinse
  4. Towel Dry
  5. Turn Off Tap with Towel

To clean your hands on the go or where there are no handwash sinks, alcohol hand sanitizer containing 70% to 90% alcohol is a great alternative.

Handwashing Resources

Handwashing (children)                       en Francais
Handwashing (general)                        en Francais
Handwashing (restaurants)  



Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: June 1, 2015