October 15 Is Global Hand Washing Day

by SKHC Editor on October 15, 2010

Today, October 15, is Global Hand Washing Day. 

Keeping your hands clean is one of the easiest and most important ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness.

Washing your hands with soap and water is a simple process but a lot of people rush through it and don’t get the full effect.  Here’s the CDC lowdown:

  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
  • Rub hands together making a lather and scrub all surfaces.
  • Continue rubbing hands for 15-20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing “Happy Birthday” twice through to a friend.
  • Rinse hands well under running water.
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.
  • Always use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

There are times when soap and clean water are not available.  For those times keep an alcohol-based hand rub to clean your hands, well, handy.  Alcohol-based rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast-acting. 

Source: cdc.gov, globalhandwashingday.org

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