Proper handwashing is so important, especially at this time of year. Cold and flu season begins in the fall, but handwashing helps control the spread of germs that cause illness.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points out, “Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.”
Just follow the CDC guidelines to wash your hands effectively.
- Wet hands – use clean, running water (warm or cold), then turn off the tap before applying soap.
- Lather hands with soap – cover the backs of hands, between fingers, and under nails.
- Scrub hands – rub vigorously for at least 20 seconds. (That’s the amount of time it takes to hum or sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.)
- Rinse hands – use clean, running water to rinse them well.
- Dry hands – use a clean towel or air dry them.
In the United States, we have easy access to everything we need to wash our hands properly. People living in developing countries don’t always have the same advantages we have. But you can help!
In observance of Global Handwashing Day on October 15th, Dial Rewards is offering a way to support handwashing education in developing countries.
I recently wrote about how to join the new Dial Rewards program. Once you’ve joined, all you have to do is login at DialRewards.com and enter the code “WASH9” on your account.
Dial Brand will donate $1 for every code entered (up to $50,000) to support global handwashing education.
It’s an easy way to help support handwashing initiatives in developing countries!