Global Handwashing Day – Our Hands, Our Future

What is the real impact of washing your hands with soap regularly? We want to tell you all about Global Handwashing Day, which is an opportunity to raise awareness in the importance of having clean hands, and to encourage people to wash their hands with soap. The simple act of washing your hands with soap is an easy and affordable way to stop the spread of diseases and potentially save lives. The very first Global Handwashing Day was held in 2008, and it astonishingly encouraged over 120 million children around the world to wash their hands; even communities and national leaders have used Global Handwashing day to give value to cleaner hands.

It’s time to shine the spotlight, and see what positive steps we can take to improve global hygiene and health. On this day, the theme is “Our hands, our future!”, but what does this actually mean for us? It is a reminder that we are in charge of our own health, and others. It is our responsibility to create hygienic environments for everyone, especially the elderly, vulnerable, children and even hospital patients – can you imagine a hospital with no rules on hygiene? Promoting the benefits and practice of handwashing with soap, as well as making hygiene facilities more available to the public will make a very noticeable difference.

Where do I start?

The best way to start is to form a habit. Wash your hands with soap on a routine basis. It needs to turn from something that you ‘think’ about doing, into something that is second nature. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society says washing hands for full 20 seconds will kill germs and cut need for antibiotics. Washing your hands for 20 seconds – the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice – was the only sure way of getting rid of viruses and bacteria that can cause colds, flu, infections and upset stomachs.

At Wightman & Parrish, we have many different soaps that you can order, and as part of our intelligent approach we want to give you the best suited soaps for your environment. Whether you work or need solutions for a school, care home, hospital; pretty much anywhere that needs soap – we have the right solution.