HOW you wash your hands matters

It just takes 5 steps to practice good handwashing - that makes 30 seconds to prevent the spread of infections:

  1. WET hands with clean running water, turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. LATHER the backs of your hands, between fingers and under nails.
  3. SCRUB for at least 20 seconds.
  4. RINSE hands well under clean running water.
  5. DRY hands using a clean towel or air dryer.

If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

WHEN you wash your hands matters

Clean hands are crucial to building a cleaner, healthier future. Just as important as how you are washing your hands is when you are cleaning them during the day. Identifying important moments helps to understand when we can spread infections or are at risks of contamination. Ecolab is committed to helping you ensure you can keep your operations running and people in your facility protected. You can find guidance and advice about when to clean your hands.3


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As you leave your home, after the last thing you touch.

Door icon

When you return to your home before you have touched anything.

Icon touch

After touching anything you have brought into the home.


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Before you enter a public place, before touching anything ie; office, factory.

Phone icon

After touching anything in a public space.

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After you are leaving a public place, after the last thing you touch.


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Before and anytime you touch your face (also when wearing a face mask).

Icon hand touching a dog

After touching animals.

Icon food processing

Before you prepare food, eat and after you have finished eating.

Icon face mask

After you take your face covering off.

Icon of person sneezing

After sneezing or coughing.

Icon toilet paper

After using the toilet.

Advice from Global Infection Prevention Experts
"WHEN you clean your hands can impact your health"

Watch the recording to an event we held with Global Infection Prevention experts, Julie Storr and Claire Kilpatrick. They provide insights and guidance to identify the most important moments when you should clean your hands. 

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1 Beale S, Johnson AM, Zambon M et al. Hand Hygiene Practices and the Risk of Human Coronavirus Infections in a UK Community Cohort [version 1; peer review: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. Wellcome Open Res 2020, 5:98 (

3Produced by British Psychology Society & Global IPC experts Julie Storr & Claire Kilpatrick