GlobalHandwashingDay2015Happy Global Handwashing Day! Global Handwashing Day is celebrated annually on Oct. 15. The first Global Handwashing Day was held in 2008, when over 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries. This year’s theme is Raise a Hand for Hygiene, and events are being held in countries all over the world including Argentina, Kenya, and Pakistan.

The day serves to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of washing your hands with soap (that’s the extra important part). Handwashing with soap is an fast, inexpensive way to prevent disease and save lives. The day is used to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage with-soap handwashing!

To make handwashing a little more exciting, you can watch this TED Talk video from Joe Smith, lawyer and “powerful advocate for proper paper towel use,” He teaches viewers how to end up with completely dry hands without overusing paper towels.