Global Handwashing Day is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

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 isn’t always practiced. Even in the United States, where soap is plentiful, handwashing doesn’t happen as often as it should.

No matter your role, you can celebrate Global Handwashing Day!

How Can I Get Involved?

It’s easy! Join the handwashing movement and help us raise awareness about the importance of clean hands 365 days a year and on Global Handwashing Day, celebrated annually on October 15. There’s a lot you can do! Here are a few ideas and resources to help you get started:

  • Make handwashing a priority at your school by encouraging others to clean hands at key times during the day.
  • Plan an event, activity or campaign to celebrate Global Handwashing Day. 
  • Download the Global Handwashing Day poster and display it in your school and community.
  • Use social media to share handwashing messages with your friends and family, and within your network. Be sure to use the hashtag #GlobalHandwashingDay.
  • Check out globalhandwashing.org for additional resources.
  • Share this latest GIF from the CDC highlighting the most important times for handwashing:
CDC When to Wash Hands