We all know the importance of hand washing. Now with the coronavirus outbreak, one of the simplest ways to keep yourself healthy and safe is by washing your hands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend after using the bathroom, touching your face or sneezing and before preparing or eating food you should scrub your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. 

Boy washing hands at sink

What if you get tired of hearing the birthday song sung over and over countless times a day? Mix it up a little and have your little ones sing something new. Most of these songs require around two to three verses to get to 20 seconds. 

“Baby Shark” 

“Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

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“Wheels on the Bus”

“Frere Jacques”

“Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”

Now, if you are looking to bring some fun to your hand washing routine (or you want to introduce your kids to some new songs) you can try singing the choruses of the following tunes. 

“Love on Top” by Beyoncé

“Truth Hurts” by Lizzo

“Raspberry Beret” by Prince

“Jolene” by Dolly Parton

“No Scrubs” by TLC

There’s even a new website, Wash Your Lyrics, that generates a hand-washing infographic for the song of your choice.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

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