Handwashing | Wellness & Prevention

SWNPHD's Health Educators teach proper hand-washing to preschools, schools, daycares and other organizations. To schedule your organization for a free class email nurse@swhealth.ne.gov or call our office. 308-345-4223.

Repeated hand-washing is the best way to help from getting sick and spreading sickness that is caused by germs to others. As you touch other people and objects all through the day, you collect germs on your hands. You can spread sickness to yourself by touching your eyes, nose or mouth. It is hard to keep your hands germ-free, but washing your hands often can help limit the spread of germs.

How to Properly Wash your Hands

*** Keep in mind that antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs than regular soap.

Using Hand Sanitizer

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water is not available, the Center for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcolhol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations. Hand sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

How to Properly Use Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty.