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Hand-washing: What you need to know

Information from the Get Ready campaign

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Prevent infections through hand-washing
Hand-washing is one of the most important — and easiest — ways to prevent infectious disease. To help spread that message, APHA's Get Ready campaign is bringing together everything you need to know about hand-washing right here on the Get Ready website!

Video: Hand-washing tips for kids

Video hand-washing

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Frequently asked questions: Hand-washing

Get the facts
How long should I wash my hands? Should I use warm or hot water? Get the answers to these and other questions in these frequently asked questions on hand-washing. Read FAQs
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Update: Orders are closed
APHA has received thousands of requests for its free Get Ready hand-washing timers. Because of this incredible demand, we are no longer accepting requests for the timers.

Thanks for promoting proper hand-washing!

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Q&A: Hand-washing and day cares

Tips for day cares
Hand-washing is especially important at day cares, where little hands come into contact with germs on a regular basis.

Check out our Q&A with Bobette Thompson of the National Association of Child Care Professionals. Read now or listen to our podcast

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Do you have an idea for a fact sheet or other hand-washing materials that you would like to see the Get Ready campaign provide for free?

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Free Hand-washing fact sheets and materials

Hand-washing facts:
General

General hand-washing facts

English PDF or Spanish PDF

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Parents & caregivers

Parents fact sheet hand-washing

English PDF or Spanish PDF

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Teachers & day cares

Teachers fact sheet hand-washing

English PDF or Spanish PDF

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Preschoolers

Fact sheet preschoolers hand-washing

English PDF or Spanish PDF

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Kids

Kids hand-washing

English PDF or Spanish PDF

Hand-washing facts:
Rub-a-dub-dub

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Hand-washing facts:
Tipsheet

Healthy You tipsheet

English PDF or Spanish PDF

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You can add your logo for free to the hand-washing fact sheets! See the easy instructions on our logo customization page.

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The Get Ready hand-washing campaign is supported by a grant from the Colgate-Palmolive Company.