Keep Germs Away by Handwashing!

by Katie Bogusz on November 14, 2017

How much thought do we actually put into properly washing our hands every day?  Most of the time hand washing is a mindless task, something that we automatically do without thinking.  What we need to start doing is thinking about how important it is to make sure we are thoroughly washing our hands to protect us against germs, bacteria, and illnesses.

Flu season is here and no one wants to get sick during the school year so why not brush up on your handwashing techniques.  Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators are hosting a table titled “Keep Germs Away” on Monday, December 4th from 11am-3pm in the ECC Lobby.  In the meantime look over these helpful hand washing tips…


How to Properly Wash your Hands:

  1. Wet hands with clear, running water
  2. Apply soap
  3. Rub hands together to make a lather
  4. Scrub under the backs of the hands, in between fingers, and under the nails
  5. Continue scrubbing for 20 seconds (A good timer is to sing the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to the end twice)
  6. Rinse hands well under running water
  7. Dry hands using a clean towel or open air

There are some areas of the hand that are frequently missed when hand washing.   Some of the most frequently missed spots when washing hands are the thumbs, the finger tips, the finger nails, and in between our fingers.  Those areas can hold a lot of germs that cause us to become sick.  Make sure you are scrubbing every part of your hand or else you could be risking your health!


When should I Wash my Hands?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After blow your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching garbage
  • After touching an animal or animal waste
  • After changing a diaper
  • After cleaning up after a child who has used the toilet


Beware of your Cellphone!

Your cellphone can carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats!  Cellphones can also lead to viruses like strep throat, the flu, or a cough to be spread easily amongst people.

How can you avoid this from happening to your phone:

  1. Don’t bring your phone to the bathroom!  It’s equivalent to going to the bathroom and not washing your hands on the way out!
  2. Wipe your phone with a soft microfiber cloth.
  3. WASH YOUR HANDS!  Since your hands are constantly touching your phone keep them clean to keep your phone germ free.


Learn more about Handwashing!

Please attend our tabling event “Keep Germs Away” on Monday, December 4th in the ECC from 11am-3pm to see just how well you’re washing your hands.  To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSUOutreach page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at and search for the BSU Peer Educators

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