Teach a Glo Germ Lesson for Improved Hand Washing in your Classroom or Organization *Intro for Ebola prevention

Contest Winner
Picture of Teach a Glo Germ Lesson for Improved Hand Washing in your Classroom or Organization *Intro for Ebola prevention
69 Glo Germ Kit 1003 with Gel OUTFOX Prevention.jpg
77 Glo Germ Gel 8 oz pump top OUTFOX Prevention.jpg
82 LED UV Ultraviolet Blacklight flashlight OUTFOX Prevention.jpg

What you'll need:

Make sure to properly introduce the training so that maximum participation can be realized by the audience. The subsequent steps will walk you through the best way to conduct a Glo Germ training for better hand washing. In general, questions are very effective to get the audience engaged in the trainings. Having the right tools are most important though. Here are the basics:

Step 1: Introduce Germ Topics and Prepare Them to Apply Simulation Germs

Picture of Introduce Germ Topics and Prepare Them to Apply Simulation Germs
Hygiene lesson school education OUTFOX Prevention.JPG

Use these points to help formulate your introduction:


Briefly explain to the audience about the visualization exercise they will soon witness.  Explain how fluorescent materials are not visible unless a UV light is used similar to how germs are not seen with our eyes.  Finally, describe how the fluorescent material (depending on whether you have Glo Germ Gel or Powder) will represent germs and the task is to get rid of all the “germs.”


To help stimulate a good discussion, ask the audience questions similar to:

-How do illnesses spread?

-What is an epidemic?

-Have you ever gotten sick after you have been near other sick people?

-Do you think you wash your hands well enough?

-Have you had any experiences where you have observed others not washing their hands?

-What are some of the basic steps to staying healthy and not spreading illness?

bajablue3 years ago
YAY and Kudos on being a finalist... best of luck, too!!!
OUTFOX (author)  bajablue3 years ago
Thank you!
kuumalama3 years ago
I work as a Nurse Consultant for Child Care, and have done many infection control workshop for child care providers, preschool centers, and parents. This looks like a fantastic kit and I will be getting one for my workshops. I would suggest targeting public health associations, like local Public Health Departments, or send them to school district health centers/school nurses. They would know better ways to get them incorporated into classrooms. I know that school nurses have a national association and state associations, and the American Public Health Association will be having their big conference in San Francisco in October 2012.
fixitmandan3 years ago
i like the idea need to make a video and use a diffrent why besides the glow powder mabe a yellow high lighter keep it cheap teachers dont make a lot
mrhodes43 years ago
Took a look at ur stuff. Really like it. Haven't seen any of it yet.

To get the info out to infection control people do u go to the yearly APIC (Association of Practictioner's in Infection Control and Epidemiology) convention?

Not really sure how to get it out to teachers. I'm sure they have a national convention too.
OUTFOX (author)  mrhodes43 years ago
Yes- We did APIC in 2011 and are planning on it for 2012. We love that show! Hope to see you there if you make it.
mrhodes43 years ago
LOVE Glo Germ! But I acutally had someone who was allergic to the product. Not really sure what component but did notify the company, etc. Of course this was the only one in 15 years of using it and the company had never had one reported before.
MaryT8M3 years ago
We did this for nursing students. Our "glow germs" were in lotion form, so after everyone rubbed in the nice new hand lotion we had everyone wash (seemingly to show how water resistant the "lotion" was) but it really demonstrated how poor some people wash their hands.........for me I totally missed one thumb! Most people missed in between their fingers, or around nails.

I think a demonstration like this should be done in first grade and every year or two after

Thanks for the Instructable
OUTFOX (author)  MaryT8M3 years ago
Great comment- thanks! You're right that between fingers and around nails have the highest (and on the backside) frequency of left germs.

Thanks for the suggestion for schools. We have been trying to target teachers and already have quite a few using the system to teach hand washing... But do you have any ideas to get in front of them better? Teaching students early definitely starts them off right!
belsey3 years ago
Years ago, when my father was teaching med students at Tulane, he did something similar. At the beginning of his lecture he put a tiny dab of the glow powder on the tip of the nose of a couple volunteers. He then gave his lecture, then at the end of the class he asked the students to come back to the front and stand under some black light. Obviously the purpose was to demonstrate how quickly and far the germs had spread... It worked much better than anticipated, to the complete humiliation of one of the male students.... Whereas most had germs spread all over their faces, hands and clothes, this poor hapless guy's crotch positively glowed. Clearly he hadn't been paying much attention to the lecture!
MaryT8M belsey3 years ago
OMG that is TOO funny
OUTFOX (author)  belsey3 years ago
I am still smiling from your comment! Oh the stories I have from doing multiple trainings over the years... Not to stereotype, but the boys usually do get used as the bad examples because of their poor hygiene habits. Thanks for sharing and the laugh!
bajablue3 years ago
Kudos on this fabulous lesson project!
OUTFOX (author)  bajablue3 years ago