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Hand Washing and Hygiene

These days the topic of Hand washing and Hygiene is more important than ever; however, staying as clean as possible is always handy – even when the world does not face a crisis. 

Hand washing 

WHEN to wash your hands? 


  • Preparing food 
  • Eating food
  • Caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Treating a cut or wound


  • Using the toilet 
  • Changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet 
  • Blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing or touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste 
  • Touching garbage 
  • After visiting a public space with many people 

How to wash your hands properly in 4 steps

Step 1: Wet your hands with water. 

Step 2: Apply enough soap* to cover your hands. (*Size of a pea should be enough.) 

Step 3: Rub your hands together. 

  1. Use one hand to rub the back of the other hand and clean in between the fingers. Do the same with the other hand. 
  2. Rub your hands together and clean in between your fingers. 
  3. Rub your thumb using your other hand. Do the same with the other thumb. 
  4. Rub the tips of your fingers on the palm of your other hand. Do the same on the other hand. 

Step 4: Rinse your hands with water.

Hygiene: How to keep yourself and others safe  

  1.  Clean surfaces after they have been touched or used.
  2. Shower or Bath on a regularly basis.
  3. Brush your teeth.
  4. Wash your clothes when you can.
  5. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. (Best practice is to cough or sneeze into your elbow, like that your arms will cover others and you automatically duck down. Remember to wash your hands and elbow afterwards!)- You can use a scarf if you do not have a mask. 
  6. Keep 2m distance to others and try to limit your physical interaction to a selected small group of people (for example members of your household).

Share with us how you are a hygiene master! 

Now that you know the best ways to be hygienic, share your knowledge with others and the world!

Create a video of yourself explaining how to be hygienic to others and share it with the iamtheCODE team on social media. Tag iamtheCODE and use the hashtag #wellbeing