International Clean Hands Week: September 17-23, 2017
- Wet hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap, either in bar or liquid form.
- Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Do this away from running water, so the lather isn’t washed away.
- Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent death for millions of children in developing countries every year. Despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is seldom practiced.
Even in the United States, where soap is plentiful, handwashing doesn’t happen as often as it should.
How Can I Get Involved?
Frequent and proper hand hygiene can stop germs and illness in their tracks. Join the handwashing movement and help us raise awareness about the importance of clean hands 365 days a year and during International Clean Hands Week, the third full week of September.
There is a lot you can do to raise awareness and educate others. Here are a few ideas and resources to help you get started.
- Make handwashing a priority at your school and in your Family, Career and Community Leaders of American (FCCLA) chapter work
- Use ACI handwashing posters, bookmarks brochures and coloring sheets to create a project, activity or campaign. Here are some sample project ideas:
- Review ACI’s handwashing resources and share them with your family, friends, schools and community
- Use your Facebook, Twitter and other networks to share handwashing messages with your school community, friends and family. Here are some sample messages:
- Write a one page summary of your handwashing project and apply for the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP national awards recognition