washing canadian money

People are washing Canadian money during COVID-19 and grateful it doesn't get ruined

Washing Canadian money is now a thing. 

Many are aware that money is considered to be one of the dirtiest, most germ-infested objects out there, and that's why Canadians are more grateful than ever to have a plastic, washable currency. 

Residents across the country are now sharing videos of themselves thoroughly washing Canadian bills with soap and water in an effort to avoid the spread of germs and, inevitably, the COVID-19 virus. 

The Bank of Canada first introduced the new series of polymer banknotes back in 2011, and Americans have teased that our bills look like Monopoly money ever since. 

But the tables have now turned, and Canadians are taking pleasure in knowing we're capable of properly disinfecting our bills during a global pandemic while Americans are not.

Photos and videos shared to several social media platforms show Canadians filling their sinks with bills and lathering them up with soap and water. 

One video posted to Facebook earlier this month shows a sink full of soapy $20 bills accompanied by the caption "Good thing about being Canadian we can wash our money."

The video has since gone viral, garnering more than 48,000 shares, 4,500 comments and 5,700 likes.

According to TIME, paper money can reportedly carry more germs than a household toilet. So while there are many reasons to be grateful to be Canadian, the material of our bills certainly deserves a spot on that list.

Lead photo by

Thomas Frey CSP


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