The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Global Handwashing Day

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Handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world. October 15 is Global Handwashing Day to increase awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing.

Why Does it Matter Now?

The COVID-19 pandemic provides a reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of a virus is also one of the simplest: hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap. To beat the virus today and ensure better health outcomes beyond the pandemic, handwashing with soap must be a priority now and in the future.

How Can I get Involved?

It’s easy! Join the handwashing movement and help celebrate Global Handwashing Day and make handwashing a habit 365 days a year.

There is a lot you can do and here are a few ideas and resources to help you get started:

Read the press release and latest handwashing survey results for 2020 Global Handwashing Day.

Resources for Schools

The Commit to Clean toolkit offers resources for school administrators and educators designed to help communicate the importance of cleaning, disinfecting and hand hygiene for a healthy and successful academic year. All materials align with key public health guidelines and can help keep your students safe, healthy and learning.

Resources for Businesses

The Healthy Returns toolkit includes resources designed for businesses to deploy in their workplace to help guide efforts and communicate the importance of safety and health as a priority and solution for successful reopening. All materials align with key public health guidelines with an added emphasis on hygiene and disinfecting protocols.