Germ City

Program Contact: Diane Smith, Faculty, Food Access Specialist
(360) 428-4270 ext. 235 •

Poor hand washing is one of the major contributors to foodborne illness. Germ City provides participants the opportunity to evaluate their own hand washing skills. Participants are asked to rub glo-germ lotion on their hands and then wash them. Next they enter the 8 ft. x 8 ft. “Germ City” tent. Any places that were not adequately washed will glow under the light. Correct hand washing techniques are explained.


Germ City provides a perfect activity at health fairs, school family nights, and other community events. This program has also been adapted for smaller audiences and classroom use. Teachers report that after this program is presented students continue to use good hand washing techniques and there is a reduction in absences due to illness.

To schedule Germ City or other hand washing education activities, or to find out how you can become a volunteer, contact:

Jessica Hanson
Ideas for Living Program Coordinator
WSU Skagit County Extension
360-428-4270, ext. 239


Volunteer Application Form ( WORD format ) ( PDF format)

Germ City Volunteer Position Description ( PDF Format )