15 October was a day to celebrate the small habits that make a big difference in our lives – like washing our hands. Founded by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Hand washing, Global Hand Washing Day reminds us why washing our hands is so critically important.

It’s quite simple. All day long, we are exposed to millions of microbes – good ones and bad ones. Whether we bite our nails, touch our food, or even sneeze, our hands are one of the main sources for the transfer of microbes.

The simple act of washing our hands in soap and water is the solution for helping to prevent the transfer of many harmful microbes. However, microbial control is sometimes the only way to eliminate all harmful microbes. More stubborn or resistant microbes found in places such as hospitals or nurseries, where a hygienic environment is paramount for patients and staff and require more robust microbial control solutions.