Home Page
Inspire to Aspire

Handwashing information

How to wash your hands properly


The Department of Health and Social Care have launched a public information campaign that focuses on the importance of handwashing. Washing hands for 20 seconds is central to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).


The importance of hygiene


Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19.  This includes the following:


  • Avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Maintaining good hand hygiene;
  • Washing hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser, after coughing or sneezing, after going to the toilet, and prior to eating and drinking
  • Wherever possible avoid direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and avoid using their personal items such as their mobile phone
  • When coughing or sneezing cover your nose and mouth with disposable tissues and disposing of them in nearest waste bin after use.


In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and adults should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.



Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song

Still image for this video

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water. Watch this short NHS film for guidance

Still image for this video