How to wash your hands

Washing your hands can help protect you against germs and illnesses. This video reminds us how to wash our hands effectively.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the exercises. Remember you can read the transcript at any time.


As you know, flu season is upon us. You're coming in contact with the flu virus and many other germs. They're on shopping carts, door handles, even around your house. You may not even realise how many times you're touching your nose, your mouth, your eyes, and you're going to get sick from it.

The best way to prevent this is to wash your hands with a good old-fashioned bar of soap. The first thing you want to do – turn on the water to a warm temperature, get a good lather going in your hands. Be sure to wash the palms of your hands. Take that, wash the back sides as well. Try to focus on getting your thumbs nice and clean and soapy, and in between your fingers. And, if you can, make sure you wash the tips as well.

When you're all done, rinse off your hands, take a paper towel, dry off, use the paper towel to turn off the water.

The best length of time to wash your hands is 20 seconds. If you want something a little more fun, you can hum 'Happy Birthday' in your head two times, and you'll be just great.

Protect yourself, protect your family this season against all the germs and viruses that are out there.

Clean hands for a healthy life.

© Rush University Medical Centre


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Submitted by Crunch01 on Wed, 18/03/2020 - 11:43

This video shows us the good pratical to decrease the risk to attrap coronavirus. In France nowaday, we have to stay at home and move only if we need to buy food, drug and go to Hospital. We take care our family and we hope this situation finish in the short time.

Submitted by IMS on Mon, 16/03/2020 - 10:22

This learning video is hightly important for nowadays, when coronavirus is conquering all countries of the world.

Submitted by Ahmad Nimr on Sat, 14/03/2020 - 20:01

Thank you for the task. I just have a comment regarding the procedure in the video itself. I think the amount of water wasted is too much. The water tap should be closed during the cleaning and reopened only while rinsing. Of course we need to protect against germs but we should keep saving water in mind.
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Submitted by Joel-0505 on Fri, 13/03/2020 - 19:16

I want to congratulate you guys for your amazing effort and work keeping this website updated with current topics, I always find something new!