Songs to sing as you wash your hands

We won’t judge if we hear you singing these songs from the bathroom.

With the outbreak of coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, now a pandemic, one of the simplest ways to keep yourself and others safe is by washing your hands.

The CDC recommends soaping up for at least 20 seconds — or the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. But what if you can’t handle that particular earworm dozens of time a day?

Twenty seconds is a long time when you’re standing at a sink. While cleaning them properly for 20 seconds, why not do it to these tunes? you should get about 20 seconds of scrub time.

1. I will survive – Gloria Gaynor

What better way to survive the spread of coronavirus than having one of the greatest voices in music championing you on with her 1978 hit. The Grammy-winning songstress recently went viral after she shared a video to the social media app TikTok of herself handwashing while singing her record for the #IWillSurvive challenge.

Hand-washing chorus:

Oh no, not I, I will survive

Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive

I’ve got all my life to live

And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive

I will survive, hey, hey

2. Jolene – Dolly parton

Dolly is having a moment. With her Netflix series Heartstrings and the hit podcast Dolly Parton’s America, her classic country song Jolene has filled the airwaves, and it could bolster hygiene as well.

Hand-washing chorus:

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene

I’m begging of you please don’t take my man

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene

Please don’t take him just because you can

3. Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees

Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees has a chorus that is 24 seconds long, and also doubles as the cadence for doing CPR massage. One song, two vital health uses!

Hand washing chorus: 

Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother

You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

Feel the city breaking and everybody shaking, people

Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive

We will get low

4. Love on top! – Beyonce

At the end of Love On Top, Beyonce demonstrates her legendary range by belting the chorus four times in increasingly high keys. You only have to sing the chorus once, in the key of your choice, to time 20 seconds of handwashing.

Hand washing Chorus:

Baby, it’s you, you’re the one I love

You’re the one I need, you’re the only one I see

Come on, baby, it’s you

You’re the one that gives your all

You’re the one I can always call

When I need you, make everything stop

Finally, you put my love on top

5. Toto- Africa

The beloved 1981 song by Toto has taken on a new life on the internet in recent years, inspiring praise, memes and piano tutorials. It could inspire people to wash their hands too.

Hand-washing chorus:

 It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you

There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do

I bless the rains down in Africa

Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

6. Lose Yourself – Eminem

Eminem wrote the 2002 single Lose Yourself for the movie 8 Mile, and the song went on to win an Academy Award and a Grammy. Its commanding lyrics have made it popular with weightlifters at the gym, and its 20-second chorus makes it ideal at the sink.

Hand-washing chorus:

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment

You own it, you better never let it go

You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow

This opportunity comes once in a lifetime

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment

You own it, you better never let it go

You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow

This opportunity comes once in a lifetime”

7. Kiss from a rose

Originally released in 1994 in the United Kingdom, “Kiss From a Rose” didn’t fair too well across the pond. 

However, that all changed in 1996 when the record was featured during the end credits on “Batman Forever” as well as the film’s soundtrack and ended up landing Seal three Grammys awards for song of the year, record of the year and best male pop vocal performance. 

Washing your hands to the chorus of “Kiss From a Rose” in the bathroom could provide decent acoustics during this trying time.

Hand washing chorus:

Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey

Ooh, the more I get of you, the stranger it feels, yeah

Now that your rose is in bloom

A light hits the gloom on the grey

8. We are young – Fun

Despite many people’s beliefs that the younger they are, the less at risk they are of coming down with coronavirus, the chorus to “We Are Young” is great to belt out while remembering to social distance yourselves from your mothers, fathers and grandparents who could have greater risks of contracting COVID-19 due to their increased age.

Hand washing chorus: 


We are young

So let’s set the world on fire

We can burn brighter than the sun

9. Livin on a prayer

The incredible aspect of singing the chorus of “Livin’ On a Prayer,” while washing your hands, is that the lyrics themselves tell you when you’re “halfway there” to completing your lather-and-rinse cycle, so all you have to do is move and groove as you scrub.

Hand washing chorus: 

Whoa, we’re half-way there

Whoa, livin’ on a prayer

Take my hand, we’ll make it. I swear

Whoa, livin’ on a prayer

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