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Clean Hands Campaign

Health Promotion and Planning

  •  941-861-2969



    Mailing Address

    2200 Ringling Blvd 

    Sarasota FL 34237 



The Clean Hands Campaign was created in 2009 to promote hand washing as an important step in preventing the spread of respiratory flu and other diseases.  It started as a multi-county partnership of hospitals and health departments in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.  More than 100 community partners pledged their commitment, and materials continue to be distributed to businesses, schools, individuals and other organizations. 

Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to avoid colds, flu and spreading germs to other people.

  • How to Wash Hands

To effectively remove flu and cold causing germs, follow all of the steps below:

  1. Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if available.
  2. Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
  3. Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend!
  4. Rinse hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.

If no soap and water is available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  When using sanitizer, apply product to the back and front of hands and rub until dry.  Sanitizer will not remove germs from visibly dirty hands.

Video Links

Proper handwashing (for kids) - DOH

Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands – CDC

Soap vs. Sanitizer

The time to wash your hands is:

  • After using the bathroom
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • After cleaning a child who has gone to the bathroom
  • After touching books and money
  • Before and after touching a cut or wound
  • Before and after preparing food
  • Before eating
  • After touching or cleaning up after an animal

Remembering to wash hands frequently. It is important to stop the spread of colds, flu and germs.

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Just another day in the office

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Join the Campaign - Request Materials 

The Clean Hands Campaign can help businesses, schools, individuals, families and other organizations. Reduce absenteeism and keep running smoothly with increased handwashing. Call 941-861-2969 for materials.