Handwashing posters can be located online. Handwashing includes cleansing the hands with water, with or without the use of soap. The main purpose of washing hands is to cleanse the hands of bacteria or viruses which can cause personal harm or disease.
- Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis first demonstrated that routine handwashing can prevent the spread of disease.
- It is recommended that you wash your hands for at least 15-20 seconds.
- Excessive hand washing is commonly seen as a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder.