Motivation Monday: Global Handwashing Day

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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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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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    • says

      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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