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The Seven Steps Hand Washing Technique

Updated on September 20, 2011

There are steps to follow when washing your hands. Proper hand washing is not simply wetting, soaping and getting rid of all the suds. It is more than that.

You need to get rid of a large percentage of bacteria in your hands and you can effectively do this by following some simple steps.

These are simple steps you can teach yourself or your children to follow.


Wet hands and apply soap into palm



Rub palm to palm for 10 to 15 seconds



Right palm over the back of left palm, vice versa



Rub palm to palm with fingers interlaced



Backs of fingers to opposite palms with fingers interlocked



Rub right thumb rotationally with left palm, vice versa



Rotational rubbing of right fingertips to palm, vice versa



Rotational rubbing of right wrist by left palm, vice versa



Wash hands with water thoroughly and pat until dry



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      wael 5 years ago

      Thank you very much

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      inaniLoquence 6 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you very much, Rehana and Kenneth Avery! :D

      @Kenneth Avery, I still can't get over that hub you wrote about being a professional shower singer! Hilarious!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      I loved this hub..every syllable! Voted Up and all the boxes across the top. Made my day! You have such a gift in the way of your presentation. Keep it up!

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      Rehana Stormme 6 years ago

      This is great! I had no idea that we missed out some places. I frequently wash my hands and I do most of the steps except for the bit on washing with your fingers interlaced to get between your fingers. Covering the finger tips is also very important. Voted up and useful!

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      inaniLoquence 6 years ago from Singapore

      Yes I was also initially surprised by how much area we miss when washing. I did not usually wash my hands like this before I took my laboratory courses and so I have now put it into practice. I hope you inculcate this in your daily hand washing. You'll reap the benefits immediately! Thanks, Missolive and Simone Smith! :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, this is fantastic! I'm somewhat of a hand washing fanatic, but I had not heard of this technique, nor am I familiar with those areas on the hands that are typically neglected with hand washing. This is fantastic!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      Welcome to the Hub!