Guide to Washing Hands Effectively

Health Promotion Board is urging all Singaporeans to observe good hygiene. Good hygiene is imperative to maintain your health and overall well-being. Preventing disease is easier if all Singaporeans practice good hygiene.


The most basic thing that you can do is to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. So, how often should you wash your hands? Your hands should be washed before handling food, after blowing your nose, after using the toilet, before meals, after meals and after touching public spaces like handrails, doorknobs and the like.

Now that you know the frequency of hand washing, the next thing that you have to be familiar about is the correct steps to wash your hands. Here are the steps to wash hands effectively:

  1. Use soap
  2. Wash palm to palm
  3. Wash between the fingers
  4. Wash the back of the hands
  5. Wash the base of the thumbs
  6. Wash the back of the fingers
  7. Swab the fingernails
  8. Wash the wrists of both hands
  9. Rinse with water and wipe it dry with a clean towel.


Hand washing is simple but its importance cannot be ignored. You should be responsible of your health and this is the effective way to keep illness at bay. If you do not want to harm the people around you, you have to be thorough and share the right steps to your friends and loved ones.

Health Promotion Board launched an initiative that reminds us to be healthy and avoid being unwell. The Board calls it F.I.G.H.T (frequent hand washing, immunization, go to the doctor, home rest and tissues).