CDC Hand Washing Guidelines
Recommendations from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Wash Your Hands
After a disaster, staying clean can be hard to do. You may not have running water. But staying clean helps you stay healthy.
Things you can do to stay clean and healthy
- Wash your hands with soap and clean water. If you don't have soap and water, you can use hand cleaners with alcohol in them.
- Wash your hands many times each day.
Times to wash your hands are...
- Before making food
- touching a sick person
- touching a cut, sore, or wound.
- after using the bathroom
- blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- touching things that may carry germs, like:
- diapers or a child who has used the toilet
- food that is not cooked (raw food)
- animals or animal waste
- things touched by flood water
- a sick person
- cuts, sores, and wounds.