Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox every week.      
The Kid Should See This

“Plain old soap and water absolutely annihilate coronavirus.” – Vox

Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. This is the very best way to kill viruses like coronavirus. But why? What’s happening on our hands when we use soap and water? And why do we have to wash with soap for 20 seconds? Why not ten?

This excellent, kid-friendly Vox video specifically explains how “plain old soap and water absolutely annihilate coronavirus” with clear animated explainer graphics, an oil, water, and soap experiment that you can try at home, and an impression-making glow-in-the-dark demonstration.

Additional info from The New York Times: Why Soap Works.

soap attacking coronavirus
oil water soap
rinsing with water only
The lotion Vox is using is likely from Glo Germ, which you can find on Amazon for science demonstrations for classes or at home.

Next, making washing your hands a LOT more fun with this DIY project from Maddie Moate: Hidden Surprise DIY soap + how to wash your hands.

Also, watch Coronavirus COVID-19: What is social distancing?

And finally: More about viruses and soap, including this fun soap-powered boats science experiment.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Pacific Light: Water, ink, oil, and soap form a tiny universe of color

Rion Nakaya

The beautiful physics and math of sneezes

Rion Nakaya

How To See Germs Spread (Coronavirus) with Mark Rober

Rion Nakaya

Evolutionary branching in action: Bacteria adapt to antibiotics

Rion Nakaya

This invention helped me write again – Emma Lawton

Rion Nakaya

Seven surface tension experiments – Physics Girl

Rion Nakaya

Hidden Surprise DIY soap + how to wash your hands

Rion Nakaya

Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body

Rion Nakaya

The Color Changing Milk Experiment

Rion Nakaya