|Music by||Pamela Brandt|
|Lyrics by||Helen Hooke|
|Publisher||Sesame Street, Inc.|
A group of Muppets explain that when your clothes get dirty for any reason, you do the wash. "The Wash" is also represented as a dance involving the rotation of one's body in the same manner as the inside of a washing machine.
The song was also used in a live-action insert with some revised lyrics. The song plays over film of a young boy getting his clothes messy, prompting him and his mother to do a wash. (First: Episode 1423)
- Performers in the Muppet version include Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Jim Henson, Fran Brill, Kathryn Mullen and Frank Oz.
- At the beginning of the Muppet version, a boy hits the side of a washing machine to get it to start working. This is a reference to Happy Days, when the Fonz would hit the jukebox at Arnold's to make it play.
- The tune was derived from "Under the Boardwalk."