It's Global Handwashing Day! Let These TikTok Stars Make Sure You're Doing It Right

If you haven't been obsessive about washing your hands throughout 2020, you've been doing it all wrong. But Global Handwashing Day is here to remind you exactly how to do it.

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, people all over are prioritizing the importance of washing hands. This has not only vaulted the subject of personal hygiene into the larger cultural conversation—it's also spawned memes, social media trends and more. One of our personal favorite ways to keep tabs on the best ways to wash one's hands is by checking TikTok, one of America's most controversial social platforms.

Throughout this challenging year, we've sought safety and comfort in viral dance challenges, videos of adorable animals and hilarious babies and, yes, even clips of everyday people and Internet celebrities washing their hands.

That's right, this important safety step has become entertainment. And what better time to relive all of those viral clips—and to refresh ourselves about some easy health and safety practices—than on Global Handwashing Day?

A traffic reminder to Wash Hands and Stay Healthy greets drivers on a Los Angeles freeway freeway on March 16, 2020 as the Coronavirus pandemic brings much of California to a standstill. Getty/FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

The clips began to surface in March, around the same time American cities began to shut down businesses and public spaces, and shuffle citizens into their homes. TikTok royalty Charli D'Amelio was one of the first influencers to hop on the trend, but she certainly wasn't the last.

In a minute-long TikTok, D'Amelio spoke instead of danced, and shared why her followers should be vigilant about keeping their mitts clean. D'Amelio noted that hands should be washed for 20 seconds at a time to ensure the maximum amount of germs are being removed. She also reminded viewers they should be washing their hands often, even if they're stuck at home. D'Amelio was one of many TikTokers who used viral songs to back their important message.


20 seconds: the length of this video and how long you should be washing your hands for #safehands #coronavirus #handwashing

♬ Supalonely (feat. Gus Dapperton) - BENEE

Musical artists got in on the fun, too. Gloria Gaynor washed her hands to the tune of her own song "I Will Survive" on the app. Kristen Chenowth took part in the trend, too, with her own musical rendition and washing compilation.


It only takes :20 seconds to “SURVIVE!”👏💕🎶 #iWillSurviveChallenge #fyp #coronavirus #handwashing

♬ I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals and organizations also tried their (freshly washed) hands at the instructional video as well. At a time when many people around the world were feeling anxious and unsafe and afraid, all kinds of TikTok users were doing their part to promote handwashing.

Oh, and we can't forget the dance moves that handwashing has inspired this year—some of which may be more hygienically realistic than others.

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#ghencovychallenge #handwashingmove #coronahanddance #VuDieuRuaTay 🌏 Because more international friends are coming to this post so I will change this to English for everyone: COVID-2019 disease is spreading, affecting people and social activities. Regular handwashing is considered a simple and effective method to protect the community from diseases (according to the World Health Organization). According to research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 78% of people say they wash their hands often but only 25% actually wash their hands after going to the toilet, 20% wash their hands before cooking. To spread the habit of washing your hands to prevent this disease, I invite you to take part in the #ghencovychallenge challenge with me. Game rules: You perform the dance of the song Ghen Co Vy with 6 hand washing movements as recommended by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health, based on the music song COVID-19 prevention - Jealousy, cooperation between Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, musician Khac Hung, singer Min and singer Erik. Take this challenge or share the following epidemic prevention habits: 1. Wash your hands often with soap or an antiseptic solution. 2. Do not put hands on eyes, nose and mouth. 3. Regularly clean personal hygiene, hygiene of utensils, houses and surroundings. 4. Wear a mask to go to public places, on vehicles or when you are sick. 5. Self-awareness to improve health for themselves, the family and the community. 6. People with symptoms of COVID-19 have high fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc. or close contact with infected person / person suspected of COVID-19 and limit contact with other people and contact local health facilities. After completing the challenge, SHARE TAG immediately 2 friends want to join this challenge. ✌ 🌐 for news reporters and press who want to use my video, please feel free to do so. 🌐 for people want to dance my choreography, please feel free to do so, it's all yours 🌐 join hands to spread this extremely useful message! 😉 #handwashdance #handwashingdance

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Here's to many more days and years of handwashing, taking care of your neighbors and staying safe. Happy Global Handwashing Day, folks!