According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and leading public health officials, simple hand washing is the single most important method of preventing the spread of infection.

Handwashing is so basic and routine in our lives that it's often taken for granted. However, children in particular need proper instruction in order to learn how to wash their hands effectively. As a general rule, it takes a consistent and vigorous washing to remove the germs on our hands.

The quantity and variety of germs that we carry on our hands everyday is astounding. When we forget to wash our hands, or don't wash our hands correctly, we can spread these germs to other people.

Washing your hands correctly and frequently is the first step toward staying healthy and can help us avoid spreading and receiving germs. Health Department handwashing programs are designed to educate our community about the benefits of proper handwashing.

The following sections are designed to provide you with the handwashing information that you need.

Handwashing Resources
Check here for other great handwashing links and related resources.

Operation Suds Program
Learn more about our program to help educators teach children about the need for handwashing.

Proper Handwashing
Do you know the 6 important handwashing steps? Visit this section to learn more.

Super Scrub and Bubbles Activity Book
Meet the cartoon characters Super Scrub and Bubbles. Their activity book is packed with fun handwashing related activities designed specifically for kids.