Clean Hands Save Lives



Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. However, if soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast acting.

When washing hands with soap and water:
Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing “Happy Birthday” twice through to a friend!
Rinse hands well under running water
Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet
Remember: If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands.


When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
Apply product to the palm of one hand
Rub hands together
Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.

When should you wash your hands?
Before preparing or eating food
After going to the bathroom
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
Before and after tending to someone who is sick
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After handling an animal or animal waste
After handling garbage
Before and after treating a cut or wound


Henry the Hand / Hand Washing Campaign For Schools and Daycares
Classroom Hand Washing chart (Creole)
Classroom Hand Washing chart (English)
Classroom Hand Washing chart (Spanish)

4 principles of Hand Washing (Creole)

4 principles of Hand Washing (English)
4 principles of Hand Washing (Spanish)

Puppet (Creole)

Puppet (English)
Puppet (Spanish)

Hand Washing Guide (Creole)

Hand Washing Guide (English)
Hand Washing Guide (Spanish)

Hand Washing Survey



Wash Your Hands Campaign
As part of its Wash Your Hands campaign, the Miami-Dade County Health Department has developed a series of posters of different sizes to highlight the importance of washing hands and coverring your cough as an effective way of preventing the spread of germs and diseases. Here is a list of different posters in English, Spanish and Creole languages. You can print them and post them in your office, your school or place of worship.

Wash Your Hands I (8.5 x 11) (English)
Wash Your Hands I (8.5 x 11) (Spanish)

Wash Your Hands II (8.5 x 11) (English)
Wash Your Hands II (8.5 x 11) (Spanish)
Wash Your Hands II (8.5 x 11) (Creole)

Wash Your Hands III (8.5 x 5.5) (English)
Wash Your Hands III (8.5 x 5.5) (Spanish)

Cover Your Cough (8.5 x 11) (English)
Cover Your Cough (8.5 x 11) (Spanish)
Cover Your Cough (8.5 x 11) (Creole)


Campaign Against Influenza
Good Health Starts with Clean Hands (8.5 x 11) (English)
Manos Limpias Para Una Buena Salud (8.5 x 11) (Spanish)

Wash Your Hands (8.5 x 5.5) (English)
Se Lavó Las Manos? (8.5 x 5.5) (Spanish)
Eske Ou Lave Men Ou? (8.5 x 5.5) (Creole)

Cover Your Cough (8.5 x 11) (English)
Cover Your Cough (8.5 x 11) (Spanish)
Cover Your Cough (8.5 x 11) (Creole)

Influenza Brochures
Seasonal Influenza (English)
Gripe Estacional

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