Did you know…

164 million school days are lost due to illness

Your cell phone can have upwards of 25,000 bacteria per square inch

Only 24% wash their hands after handling money

5% of people wash their hands long enough to destroy infectious germs after using the bathroom


Kids love touching everything, including their faces and mouths. With cold and flu season approaching, it’s crucial to remind children how to wash their hands properly – adults too!

You ever see people rinse their hands with just water for two seconds? Or worse, when people leave a public bathroom without washing their hands?!?! It only takes 20 seconds for vigorous hand washing with soap and water to get those little hands clean.

Handwashing Tips

  • Make hand washing fun and interactive – my kids have learned to sing a song while washing their hands, long enough to get rid of those nasty germs.
  • Wash the front and back of your hands, as well as in between your fingers and under your nails
  • Wipe and dry your hands gently with a paper towel or clean towel.
  • Turn the tap off using paper towel so that you don’t recontaminate your hands.
  • When using the public bathroom, use that same paper towel to open the door when you leave.


My husband uses his sleeve to open public doors. We also keep wipes in the car to use after grocery shopping.

Thanks to Dial® for giving us the arsenal we need to get us through the next  little while! Kids will enjoy the Dial® Kids Foaming Handwash. I’m looking forward to trying the Dial® Miracle Oil with Marula Oil liquid hand soap and Coconut Water & Mango!

it's global handwashing day




Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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