Hand Washing

Washing hands frequently and properly can reduce the risk of  getting colds and communicable diseases.


Wash your hand after…

  • using the bathroom
  • playing with animals
  • sneezing or coughing
  • touching objects used by others
  • exposure to a sick person


Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.


Follow these steps to make sure you have properly washed your hands…

  • Wash hands in warm water, as warm as is comfortable
  • Use soap and lather well
  • Scrub hands thoroughly for 20 seconds (sing “Happy Birthday”)
  • Don’t forget to wash your wrists, the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under/around your fingernails and rings
  • Rinse hands well; downward, from wrists to fingertips
  • Dry hands with a clean, dry towel or paper towel
  • Use towel to turn off faucet and open door


For more information, contact the Environmental Health Division at (513) 946-7800.


Download a printable version of this fact sheet here.


250 William Howard Taft Road
2nd Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Phone 513.946.7800 Fax 513.946.7890