One of the most important things parents can teach their children is the importance of hand-washing. This striking visual helps demonstrate how crucial the routine practice really is.
Mom of two, Kelly Rose Sarno, shared a video of her 4-year-old son, Declan, trying out an experiment to demonstrate how soap repels germs.
“My husband saw the trick posted on Barstool Sports and said he thought it would be a great experiment to show our 4-year-old when he got home from school,” she told “Good Morning America.”
“We’re going to learn about germs,” Sarno says in the video before adding crushed pepper, or “germs,” to a water dish.
Her child reluctantly sticks his finger into the solution, then withdraws it, covered in pepper.
“I got germs,” Declan says.
Next, he dips the same finger in a soap container, then places it back in the “germ” solution.
He reacts with amazement as the pepper retreats to the sides of the container.
“That’s why it’s important to wash your hands,” a voice off-camera says.
Sarno told “Good Morning America” she thought her followers would enjoy the video, but never expected it to become as popular as it did, surpassing 50 million views on Facebook.
“Everyone seems excited to share it with their littles,” she said. “And [there are] lots of tags of teachers so they can try it in their classrooms.”
The experiment is a just metaphor for the interaction between soap and germs, not an actual representation.
The dramatic visual is an effective way to remind kids and adults alike that soap protects us from dangerous germs that can spread easily.