Healthy hand washing lessons for everyone

October: CDC

Happy Global Hand Washing Day!

For several years, on October 15, more than 200 million people across the world engage in Global Hand Washing Day activities to promote the importance of hand washing with soap and water.  Although this awareness day is focused on students and schools, education on proper hand washing is an important message for us all, especially at the start of flu season.

That’s why hand washing is an integral component of the Healthy Habits Program. A recent study published in the American Journal of Infection Control indicated that illness and school absenteeism can be significantly reduced through a program of mandatory hand hygiene.  Therefore, it is important to educate on proper hand washing techniques to help keep students healthy and thriving in school.

NEA Hand Washing


The CDC provides the following recommendations on when and how to wash your hands:

When you should wash your hands:

1.) Before, during and after preparing food, and before eating food
2.) Before and after caring for someone who is sick
3.) Before and after treating a cut or wound
4.) After using the toilet, changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
5.) After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
6.) After touching an animal or animal waste
7.) After touching garbage


How to properly wash your hands:

1.) Wet hands with clean, running water and apply soap.
2.)  Rub hands together to make a lather; scrub the backs of hands, between fingers, and under nails.
3.) Continue scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
4.) Rinse hands well under running water.
5.) Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry.


Lysol® recognizes the importance of educating students about healthy habits, both in the classroom and at home so they can stay healthy and won’t miss school because of sick days. That’s why we’ve partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) and National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to develop materials that help educate students on healthy habits like proper hand washing tips, how to prevent germs from spreading and much, much more! Find out more about Lysol’s HEALTHY HABITS programs HERE>>>