Expert Advice: Hand washing protects from infections.

The WHO recommends to clean the hands regularly and thoroughly to protect from infections. Hand washing efficiently removes even viruses from the skin*:



Wash your hands properly

Thorough hand washing is accomplished in five steps and should take 20 to 30 seconds. A reminder for the recommended duration: Sing “Happy Birthday” twice in a row.

1. Wet your hands!

Hold hands under running water.

2. Make bubbles all over!
Lather hands from all sides.

3. Clean!
Thoroughly clean the hands for 20 to 30 seconds.

4. Rinse thoroughly!
Wash hands under running water.

5. Dry carefully!

Dry hands with a clean paper towel.