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Monday, October 15th, is Global Handwashing Day. Now in its 11th year, this is a day dedicated to increasing awareness worldwide about the links between handwashing and food – including food hygiene and nutrition. This year’s theme is “Clean Hands – A Recipe for Health.”

Washing your hands at critical times, especially before cooking, eating, or feeding others, is one of the most important ways to keep food clean and safe, prevent diseases, and help children grow strong. This is especially important in schools, healthcare facilities, or long-term care facilities.

At Sunshine, we know how important it is to keep the places where we live, work, and play healthy and safe. This is especially the case around this time of year with flu season on the horizon. No matter where you go throughout the day, good hand hygiene plays a crucial role in keeping our spaces clean and germ free.

What is the Right Way to Wash Your Hands?

The most effective way to wash your hands is:

  • Wetting them with water (you can use either warm or cold) and applying soap.
  • Lathering the soap by rubbing your hands together.
  • Scrubbing your hands for 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Rinsing them with clean water.
  • Drying them with a fresh towel, paper towel, or an air dryer.

Want to learn more? Click here to download Public Health Ontario’s “How to hand wash” (PDF) guide.

Keep Your Space Extra Clean with Hand Sanitizers and Touch Point Cleaning

In addition to proper hand hygiene, other tools in your bacteria- and illness-fighting arsenal can include:

  • Hand Sanitizers: The unfortunate reality is that not everyone washes their hands as often as they should. Placing hand sanitizer in key spots like bathrooms and kitchens makes it more likely that people will use it in addition to or instead of soap and water.

Read our blog to learn why hand sanitizer is important and how you should use it.

  • Touch Point Cleaning: Touch points are the surfaces people come into the most frequent contact with including door handles, light switches, office equipment, phones, bathroom faucets, and more. These hotspots should be cleaned and disinfected frequently to minimize how far and fast germs can spread.

If you would like to read more about hand hygiene, you can check out this infographic or another article from us (“3 Ways to Boost Hand Hygiene”).

Taking action to make good hand hygiene a consistent part of your everyday routines will help keep both you and those around you healthy all year long.


At Sunshine Building Maintenance, we will treat your floors according to their unique requirements. Our cleaning team members are fully bonded. Contact us today to discuss your cleaning needs! 

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