Ways to make hand-washing fun for kids

Cleanliness for kids

Teaching kids to wash their hands has always been important, and the past year has put a spotlight on this particular life skill. But like most good habits, getting children to remember to scrub with soap and water can be a challenge. Thankfully, there are a few simple steps that can make hand-washing a fun, effective experience:

Have a hand-washing song

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing your hands for 20 seconds. This is something that many adults struggle with, to say nothing of children — it’s tempting to just go through the motions and move on with your day, no matter your age. But being thorough with your scrubbing is key to removing harmful germs and viruses from your hands. Singing or humming a song can help kids keep track of how long they should be at the sink. Using a short, easy to remember song is best, like singing the “ABCs” twice.

Child playing with soap suds

Make washing a positive experience

A great way to reinforce any positive habit is to make it enjoyable! Using a clean sink and warm water are both great ways to boost the hand-washing process, but by far the highlight of the experience is the kind of soap you use. That’s why Scentsy Hand Soap lets kids and adults alike enjoy their favorite Scentsy fragrances while they lather up. Looking forward to soothing scents is a great way to encourage everyone to rinse, lather and repeat!

Lead by example

The best way you can teach kids any healthy routine is by doing it yourself! After all, the more common hand-washing is in your household, the more likely your kids will start doing it without even thinking about it. Washing your hands in the kitchen sink before dinner is a great, visible way to remind them what they should be doing themselves. Who knows? Maybe they’ll start racing you to the faucet when they know it’s dinner time!

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