Hand Washing Songs

Putting this here instead of Quarantine, because I think it’s not specific to COVID-19 (or as I’ve been calling it lately, Covfefe).

When hand washing hit the news recently, it was reported that to be sure of hitting the 20-second target, you should the “Happy Birthday” song to yourself twice. Then others said that the alphabet song worked too.

Later I heard “I Will Survive” worked, but I’m not a disco fan and don’t really know the lyrics. A church I was in recently had, in addition to hand-washing instructions, a laminated page giving the lyrics to songs that worked. One was a religious song I’d never heard of, plus two verses of “Amazing Grace,” the chorus of “Let It Go” (not having kids, I’m not familiar with the song), and – oddly IMO – “Africa” by Toto.

Lately I’ve been using “Henry the Eighth” by Herman’s Hermits, but I’d like some alternatives.

What do you all recommend? Bonus points for something that’s particularly appropriate for these times, or that makes people smile. Obviously, it needs to be about 20 seconds long.

18 seconds for the opening.chorus. This Song’s Just Six Words Long

And the lyrics are real easy to memorize. :smiley:

The opening verse of Jolene per Ms. Parton in a PSA I saw

The Def Leppard facebook page has instructions on washing hands based on part of Pour Some Sugar on me.

So c’mon, take a bottle, shake it up
Break the bubble, break it up
Pour some sugar on me
Ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
C’mon, fire me up
Pour your sugar on me
I can’t get enough
I’m hot, sticky sweet
From my head to my feet, yeah

For example…
So c’mon, take a bottle - a picture of a bottle of soap
Break the bubble - soap bubbles

I guess sugar is soap.

“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift.

A Little Bit Of Soap-The Jamels.

“Hands,” performed by my favorite Sesame Street character:

I’ve heard of his song is perfect.

Interesting. One can’t link any more?

You need the www. to make it an automatic link.

You just have to roll with it.


Fuck. Never mind.

Written just for this occasion

And it even has a dance

Mine is closer to 30 seconds, but better safe than sorry:

Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, each one she passes goes “ah!”
When she walks she’s like a samba that
Swings so cool and sways so gently
That when she passes, each one she passes goes “ah!”

Humming it is fine, too.

I’ve been singing “Close to the Edge” by Yes. Seems to be working, so far.

You’re supposed to wash for twenty seconds, not twenty minutes.

Leaffans’ link was to Rick Astley.

I use the Litany Against Fear from Dune.

The two “verses” of Baby Shark if you slow it down a tiny bit.

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