Handwashing Tips for Kids: A Rinse is Not Enough!

Published on: November 22, 2011

Handwashing tips from Seattle Children'sWhen flu season arrives, you know it is more important than ever to practice good hand washing. But do you know what makes for a thorough scrub?

Wash your own and your child’s hands often with soap and warm water. Wash for 10 to 15 seconds — about the time it takes to sing the ABCs twice. Remember to wash in between fingers, on the backs of hands and wrists, and under fingernails. Dry hands well with a clean, dry towel and use a towel to turn the water off.

Alcohol-based hand cleanser is effective when soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty. Use enough cleanser to wet your hands well. Rub hands together briskly until they are dry.

Learn more from Seattle Children's about preventing flu.

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