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Published: April 06, 2020

Fun ways to instill proper hand-washing technique during coronavirus

You’ve probably heard by now that washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus. We’ve put together some resources to make regular hand-washing fun for you and your family.

First, a quick reminder on proper hand-washing technique:

Step 1: Run water over your hands

Step 2: Apply half a teaspoon of soap (about the size of a quarter) to your hands

Step 3: Scrub your hands together in a circular motion

Step 4: Scrub the back of your hands

Step 5: Scrub the inside of your fingers, between your fingers and under your fingernails 

Step 6: Rinse and dry your hands completely

If you don’t have access to soap and water, alcohol-based sanitizers made up of at least 60% alcohol are a good alternative. 

Particularly if you have kids, ensuring proper hand-washing can be a challenge. Check out the links below for fun ways to instill good hand-washing technique.

  • Wash your hands with Baby Shark (YouTube). In case you thought you were rid of Baby Shark, this song walks kids through the hand-washing steps and is sure to get stuck in everyone’s heads. 
  • Germs, Germs, Go Away with Daniel Tiger (YouTube). In this toddler- and preschooler-friendly song, Daniel Tiger imagines he can see the germs go away as he washes his hands. 
  • Wash your hands with Spongebob (YouTube). For older kids, this 25-second Spongebob Squarepants video walks through the hand-washing steps. 
  • 10 songs to wash your hands to (LA Times). Most people know that “happy birthday” is the right length for proper hand-washing, but it can get pretty repetitive. Here are 10 pop hits whose choruses are also 20 seconds long. 
  • Hand-washing songs by decade (CNN). For hand-washers of every age, here’s a list of songs from each decade to help you rock out as you’re scrubbing off the germs.

If you have questions about your health or you’re not feeling well, contact your healthcare provider by phone or visit their website to determine whether you should be seen in-person.

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