Motivation Monday: Global Handwashing Day

by Barb on October 15, 2012

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Celebrate Global Handwashing Day to promote handwashing with soap throughout the world.
Let’s talk handwashing, one of the best ways to prevent germs from entering your body. We can’t keep all the germs out of our body. However, we can give our immune systems a fighting chance plus reduce time spent taking sick leave or staying home from school by washing our hands.

When to wash your hands

Obviously, we wash them after using the bathroom.

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

How to wash your hands

1. Wet your hands with cold or warm water.
2. Lather with soap making sure you cover the front and back of your hands and under the nails.
3. Wash for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday).
4. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dryer.
5. If you don’t have soap, wash your hands with water for at least 20 seconds.

The CDC recommends using an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you don’t have access to soap and water. Personally, I use these types of sanitizers only when we’re out of the house. I don’t keep them in my home because of the risk of a child swallowing the hand sanitizer. Even though the sanitizers usually come in pump form, I err on the side of caution with my children.

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Barb Hoyer has written 3939 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Diane Balch October 15, 2012 at 8:06 am

I’m with on hand washing. My mom was a nurse and she really instilled it in me and even if my kids are lazy I at least get them to put some sanitizing gel on their hands before they eat.
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Robin @ Thank Your Body October 15, 2012 at 9:42 am

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Jen Healthy Life Deals October 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

More people need to read this- not enough people wash their hands often enough or properly
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Jaime @ October 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm

If anything, I might wash my hands *too* much–but, I’m also never sick! So it works. Nothing is grosser than seeing someone leave a public restroom without washing. It makes you very aware that they’re touching all kinds of things other than the bathroom! Wash before eating, people!
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Angela England October 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Great tips! We are working with our littles on making sure they wash their hands at key times throughout the day. These tips will come in handy! :-)
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Leah @ Crunchy Farm Baby October 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Wonderful tips. Charlie is only 15 months old, but we’re teaching him proper handwashing already! :)
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Nicole @ Some Call It Natural October 16, 2012 at 12:01 am

It’s so hard to get my kiddos to wash long enough! Great tips. I need to remember to tell them to sing Happy Birthday.
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Barb October 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

Yes, some of mine want to rush through the handwashing. If they remember to wash more often, even if it’s not always long enough, I think that’s better than nothing.


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