October 15th – Global Handwashing Day (GHD)

Celebrated annually on October 15th is Global Handwashing Day and this year it may be more relevant than ever. With more than 200 million people taking part in over 100 countries, Global Handwashing Day is dedicated to increasing hygiene awareness and understanding, and the importance of hand washing, which is one of the most cost effective interventions for COVID-19 prevention.

“Have you washed your hands”? 

Must be one of the most common questions to be asked as a child, however, despite the belief that hot water is a must, it’s been determined that cold water is fine as long as you wash your hands properly, scrubbing with soap, rinsing,  dry your hands thoroughly. In fact, researchers said that in order to significantly reduce pathogens with hot water alone, you’d need to wash in boiling water above 212 degrees Fahrenheit.  Count us out on that! 

So where are the 10 most germ-ridden places round the home? It may surprise you:

10. Chopping boards

9. Oven knobs

8. Kitchen counters

7. Pet toys

6. Faucet Taps

5. Coffee maker reservoirs

4. Pet bowls

3. Toothbrush holders

2. Kitchen sinks

And at Number 1. Dish sponges / Dish cloths

On that note, I’m off to throw the tea towels in the wash!