Global Handwashing Day

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When Celebrated

Always on October 15th


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About the Holiday

The goal of Global Handwashing Day is to achieve a global culture of washing hands with soap before eating and after bathroom visits. It is estimated that making this a global habit would save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention.[1]

Global Handwashing Day was originated in 2008 by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing that included: AED, CDC, Colgate-Palmolive, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Procter and Gamble, UNICEF, Unilever, World Bank - WSP (Water & Sanitation Program), USAID- HIP. The holiday has it's own website at

Gift Guidelines

  • Decorative soap
  • Decorative wash cloth and hand towel set
  • Fun soap for kids
  • Soap dispenser

Related Holidays


  1. Global Handwashing Day: About

October Info & More Holidays

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