The benefits of hand washing and hygiene in maintaining good health

The benefits of hand washing and hygiene in maintaining good health

Why Is Handwashing Important?

Handwashing is one of the most important steps we can take to protect ourselves and others from getting sick. It is a simple and effective way to stop the spread of germs and disease-causing bacteria.

Benefits of Handwashing:

  • Reduces the spread of infections.
  • Reduces the spread of bacteria that can cause respiratory illnesses.
  • Reduces the risk of food-borne illnesses.
  • Decreases the number of episodes of diarrhea.
  • Reduces the risk of skin infections.

Best Practices for Handwashing

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the ‘Happy Birthday’ song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Good Hygiene Practices

Good hygiene practices can help prevent the spread of germs and keep us healthy. These practices include:

  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.


Handwashing and good hygiene practices are among the best ways to keep ourselves and others healthy. With just a few simple steps, we can protect ourselves and the people we care about from getting sick.