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Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day, celebrated each year on October 15, highlights the importance of handwashing with soap and water, especially during key times throughout the day. Use CDC’s communication resources to promote handwashing in your community on Global Handwashing Day and throughout the year! Washing your hands is easy—and it’s 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, such as a cold or the flu.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. For more information on how clean hands save lives, visit www.cdc.gov/handwashing.

October 15 to 14, 2021