You need to wash your hands — here are the best products to do it

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You're already washing your hands (right?). Now have some fun with it.
You’re already washing your hands (right?). Now have some fun with it.

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In case you haven’t heard, you need to wash your hands. Yes, this spike in handwashing interest stems from the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it’s officially named, but you should be scrubbing your grubby little hands regardless. This should seem obvious, but apparently some people need reminded. Ya nasties. 

The best way to wash your hands is to wet them thoroughly, squeeze out enough soap —yes, you really need to use soap — to fully cover your hands, rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds (or sing Happy Birthday twice), rinse, and dry. So simple!

Hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol do an OK job at reducing germs, but nothing beats washing your hands with soap and water. Plus, good luck even finding hand sanitizer that isn’t being sold by a third party at a ridiculously inflated price. (Note: You can make your own hand sanitizer with rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel.)

Since you’re likely washing your hands at an increased rate right now, we want you to at least somewhat enjoy the experience. Here are some of our favorite handwashing products that you can get right now.

Let’s talk soap

12 products to make washing your hands more fun

Image: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day

Basil scented and contains olive oil and aloe vera? Talk about a natural product. Your hands will have a nice, fresh scent and they won’t be overly dried out. A pack of three of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day hand soap costs $11.64.

12 products to make washing your hands more fun

You can’t go wrong with a classic. Softsoap’s clear liquid soap has a light scent and there are cute little sea creatures on the bottle. I’m getting major flashbacks from my childhood — these were in every bathroom. A pack of six costs $8.99.

12 products to make washing your hands more fun

If you prefer your lather to be a bit more foamy, snag this Method foaming soap. It has a light, refreshing scent and a pack of six goes for $30, though we’ve recently seen it discounted for $17.88.

12 products to make washing your hands more fun

This bar soap is gentle enough for your hands and body, and it’s all natural and vegan, which are a nice plus. This set comes with six bars, each with a different scent and purpose. For example, turn to the coconut and shea butter one when you feel like you need some moisturizing. This set retails for $24.99.

12 products to make washing your hands more fun

Get a little fun with your hand washing with these soaps that look like stones. They’re honestly pretty convincing and are way cuter than a normal bar of soap. The 12-pack comes with five different scents and sells for $29.98.

12 products to make washing your hands more fun

Encourage kids to wash their hands with the promise of a toy once they finish off a bar. Or snag these for yourself and enjoy a little bug figurine if you want — no judgment. This pack has four scents and costs $17.99.

Fun soap dispensers

12 products to make washing your hands more fun

You touch a standard soap dispenser before using the soap to wash your hands, so each time you go back, you’re collecting old germs. To avoid that, go touch-free with this automatic soap dispenser. It has a weirdly ~sleek and modern~ look that we are kind of into. Grab it from Amazon for $29.78.

12 products to make washing your hands more fun

Image: jarmazing products

You will totally want to wash your hands more frequently just so you can marvel at how cute and rustic this Ball jar soap dispenser is. It looks like something straight out of Cracker Barrel and we love that. Get it for $13.99.

12 products to make washing your hands more fun

Image: foreside hoem and garden

OK, how freaking cute is this? It’s a tiny little bathtub for your soap to sit in. It’s a win-win because your counter won’t get covered in grimy, wet soap and your bathroom will look so adorable. Get your soap its own tub for $16.83.

Fun extras

12 products to make washing your hands more fun

If you really want to scrub away the germs and grime, grab this set of nail brushes. The brushes will help remove dirt under your fingernails — a particularly germy spot — and buff your nails to make them manicure-ready. A set of five brushes costs $9.99.

12 products to make washing your hands more fun

Gently remind the people in your house to wash their hands with this fun little sign. Get this one for $14.99.

12 products to make washing your hands more fun

If gently doesn’t work, you can also aggressively remind people to wash your hands. Sometimes motivation takes on different forms. This helpful towel is $13.95.

We don’t care what kind of soap you use, what kind of dispenser it’s in, or how you encourage people; just please wash your damn hands.

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