Let’s get specific about how to get those hands clean.

Spectrum Health infection prevention manager Doreen Marcinek, DNP, RN, explained:

“You should have running water and an adequate amount of soap. You should apply soap onto the palm of your hand and, using friction, wash your hands throughout the top of your hands, the back of your hands, in between your fingers, under your nails and around your cuticle beds. Do this for a minimum of 20 seconds. An easy way to remember this is to sing in your head the song Happy Birthday.”

Check out this handwashing video for an in-depth look.