Handwashing & Hygiene

Why is hand washing important?

Washing hands with daughter

Every day we touch our food and mouths with our hands so it’s important to keep them clean to stop the spread of germs and illness.

You should always wash your hands before you...

  • Prepare food and eat
  • Treat a cut

And after you

  • Touch uncooked foods
  • Change your child's nappies
  • Blow your nose, cough or sneeze
  • Play with your pets
  • Have been in the garden
  • Take out the rubbish

splat-pinkHandwashing helps prevent the spread of illness.

splat-lightblueMany bacteria can survive on surfaces for several months.

splat-orangeBacteria our hands pick up live on fingertips and under nails.

How should I wash my hands?


Because dirt gets into every nook and cranny, our hand washing tips are the sure fire way to keep hands clean and soft - and they’re easy enough for the kids to learn.

  1. Wet hands with warm water.
  2. Use a couple of pumps of soap and rub the palms of the hands together.
  3. Rub the palm of one hand over the back of the other (so it looks like you have ten fingers and one hand) and then swap hands.
  4. Put your palms together again and interlace the fingers. Keep rubbing the soap in.
  5. Now rub the back of your fingers against the palms of the other hand.
  6. Wrap your right thumb with your left hand and wriggle it around until it feels clean. Swap hands.
  7. Squeeze your fingers together on your right hand and use them like a scrubbing brush on your left palm. Draw circles with your fingers, one way then the other. Swap hands.
  8. Rinse hands thoroughly with warm water.
  9. Dry hands with a clean, dry towel and use towel to turn off the taps.
  10. Now your hands are clean, time to get them messy again.

Washing your hands properly should take about as long as singing Happy Birthday twice.

Or why not try one of the Carex  hand washing songs?