October 15 is Global Handwashing Day!
Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs.
Studies have shown that handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections.
Learn how to properly wash your hands with soap and water, and show others how to practice good hand hygiene.
Participate in Global Handwashing Day
For Global Handwashing Day on Friday, October 15, let’s commit to promoting proper handwashing and hand hygiene! Here are some ways you can participate:
- Watch the replay of the webinar Clean Hands, Healthy Home! which highlighted observational research on consumer handwashing, and how handwashing awareness and behavior have shifted due to COVID-19. CEUs are available!
- Post a handwashing tip or graphic (see below) on social media with the hashtags #GlobalHandwashingDay and #foodsafety.
- Share this handwashing IQ quiz on your social networks. This short quiz tests the knowledge of proper handwashing and food safety steps.
- Share the handwashing coloring placemat on social media with the hashtags #GlobalHandwashingDay and #foodsafety.
Clean Hands, Healthy Home!
NEW! Just in time for Global Handwashing Day, health and food safety educators are invited to download and share these resources on social media and in your outreach.
These colorful social graphics teach families how to properly wash hands while preparing food and handling raw meat, flour and eggs.
Use these sample social media posts along with the graphics on this page. Let’s help educate families on proper hand hygiene!
Teach Kids Proper Handwashing
Know your role! As the way we receive food changes, the core food safety practices remain essential to protecting our health and the health of those we love.
Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands with clean, running water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Food safety starts at home! Check out these free resources to help keep families healthy while preparing food at home.
These kid-friendly activities will help teach young ones how to properly wash their hands, as well as other food safety steps to help keep them healthy!
Global Handwashing Day was founded by the Global Handwashing Partnership, and is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times. Global Handwashing Day is celebrated every year on October 15th.