Global Hand Washing Day

Dr. Julia Schmitz holds hand washing event at Piedmont College. 

Demorest, Georgia, September 4, 2020—  Dr. Julia Schmitz wants Piedmont students to understand the  importance of proper handwashing, and Global Handwashing Day on Oct. 15 presents an ideal opportunity to spread that message. 

“You should constantly wash your hands,” said Schmitz, associate professor of biology at Piedmont College. “You should be washing your hands before and after eating, after using bathroom, before and after caring for a sick person, after interacting with animals, and after blowing your nose.”

Schmitz said hot water — as hot as each can handle — should be used in conjunction with hand soap for best results. Soap contains oils and alkali base that breaks the water tension to penetrate germs.

When using hand sanitizer, the alcohol percentage needs to be between 60-90%. Although sanitizer doesn’t remove bacteria from the hands, it does make it inactive. 

Commonly missed places when washing hands includes under nails, knuckles and thumbs.

In order to spread the importance of proper handwashing, Piedmont College will be hosting an event on Global Handwashing Day, Thursday, Oct. 15, as well as a sponsoring a TikTok contest, giving prizes to students who present the best handwashing video.

To learn more about proper hand washing techniques, visit For more information about Piedmont College events relating to Global Handwashing Day, email Joe Dennis at

About Piedmont College
One of the most dynamic small colleges in the Southeast, Piedmont is an independent liberal arts college of more than 2,260 students. The college’s four schools—Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing & Health Sciences—develop tomorrow’s leaders by engaging students in the classroom, in their community, and around the world. Founded in 1897, Piedmont offers bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs at its Demorest residential campus in the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains and at its Athens campus in the heart of Georgia’s Classic City. Information can be found at

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