Washing Your Hands – 20 Songs to Spread Joy, Not Germs!

Graphic explaining how to wash your hands. Wet hands with water, apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces. Rub hands palm to palm. Right palm over left dorsum with interlaced fingers and vice versa. Palm to palm with fingers interlaced. Backs of fingers to opposing pams with fingers interlocked. Rotational rubbing of left thumb clasped in right palm and vice versa. Rotational rubbing backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of right hand in left palm and vice-versa. Rinse hands with water. Dry thoroughly with a single-use towel. Use towel to turn off faucet. ...and your hands are safe.

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again, washing your hands frequently and thoroughly or cleaning them with alcohol-based sanitizers for at least 20 seconds is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infectious disease.

Here are ways to time that 20 seconds so that you can spread joy, not germs! (Check out the links to the lyrics below)

  1. Happy Birthday (2x)
  2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (handwashing version 2x)
  3. Row Row Row Your Boat (handwashing version 2x)
  4. If You’re Happy and You Know it (handwashing version 2x)
  5. My Shot from Hamilton (chorus twice through)
  6. Say my Name by Destiny’s Child (chorus)
  7. Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Pressley (opening verse + chours)
  8. Africa by Toto (2x) (chorus)
  9. My Girl by the Temptations (chorus)
  10. Ms. Jackson by Outkast (chorus)
  11. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac (chorus)
  12. Dancing Queen by Abba (chorus)
  13. Raspberry Beret by Prince (chorus)
  14. Love on Top by Beyonce (chorus)
  15. Jolene by Dolly Parton (chorus)
  16. Truth Hurts by Lizzo (chorus)
  17. Lose Yourself by Eminem (chorus)
  18. The Imperial March from Star Wars (entire song)
  19. Inigo Montoya’s Speech from the Princess Bride (5x)
  20. The opening speech from Star Trek


We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you about the other ways that you can prevent the spread of infectious disease.

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based sanitizers to clean hands.
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  • Avoid touching your face.
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  • Greet people with jazz hands instead of handshakes or high-fives.
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  • Cover your cough or sneeze (both mouth and nose) with a tissue, immediately discard that tissue into the trash, and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
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  • Wipe down frequently used surfaces in your home, at the studio, at school, and at work. In the studios, we’ve provided disinfecting wipes to use on the barres and mats before, during, and after class. We also recommend bringing your personal yoga mats from home to use during floor work.
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  • PLEASE STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK! We know that for a lot of our community, coming to class is how you start to shake off the groggy, sick feeling. Please do not push through. We are also asking our staff and faculty to stay home if they are not feeling well.
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  • STAY HOME IF YOU HAVE POTENTIALLY BEEN EXPOSED. If your school, office, church, or community organization closes due to potential COVID-19 coronavirus exposure, or if you believe that you have been exposed, we ask that you stay home for as long as your school/office/community organization remains closed or until you receive a clean bill of health from your doctor.
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Stay healthy, stay informed, wash your hands, happy dancing!

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20 Songs to Time Your Hand Washing To

1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY (the tried and true) — Repeat Twice

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear friend, happy birthday to you

2. WASHING HANDS (to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) — Repeat twice

Washing hands is fun to do,
It keeps the germs off me and you
Before class after play
Wash your hands lots today
Washing hands is fun to do
It keeps the germs off me and you.

3. WASH WASH WASH YOUR HANDS (to the tune of Row Row Row Your Boat) — Repeat Twice

Wash, wash
Wash your hands
Wash them nice and clean.
Scrub them here
Scrub them there
And scrub them in between

4. IF YOU’RE HAPPY & YOU KNOW IT — Repeat Twice

If you’re happy and you know it,
Wash your hands!
If you’re happy and you know it,
Wash your hands!
If you’re happy and you know it,
then your face will surely show it,
If you’re happy and you know it,
Wash your hands!
Twinkle, twinkle little star
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
Look how clean my two hands are,
Soap and water, wash and scrub,
Get those germs off rub-a-dub,
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
Look how clean my two hands are.


And I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot
It’s time to take a shot


Say my name, say my name
If no one is around you
Say baby I love you
If you ain’t runnin’ game
Say my name, say my name
You actin’ kinda shady
Ain’t callin’ me baby
Why the sudden change


The warden threw a party in the county jail
The prision band was there and they began to wail
The band was jumpin and the joint began to swing
You should have heard them knocked-out jailbirds sing
Let’s rock, everybody, let’s rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin’ to the jailhouse rock

8. AFRICA (TOTO) – Repeat Twice

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 (ooh, ooh)


I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day
When it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of May
Well I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl)


I’m sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real
Never meant to make your daughter cry
I apologize a trillion times
I’m sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real
Never meant to make your daughter cry
I apologize a trillion times


Well, I’ve been ‘fraid of changin’
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m gettin’ older, too
I’m gettin’ older, too


You are the dancing queen
Young and sweet
Only seventeen
Dancing queen
Feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah
You can dance
You can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh, see that girl
Watch that scene
Digging the dancing queen


She wore a raspberry beret
The kind you find in a secondhand store
Raspberry beret
And if it was warm she wouldn’t wear much more
Raspberry beret
I think I love her


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 to make everything stop
Finally you put my love on top


Why men great ’til they gotta be great?
Don’t text me, tell it straight to my face
Best friend sat me down in the salon chair
Shampoo press, get you out of my hair
Fresh photos with the bomb lighting
New man on the Minnesota Vikings
Truth hurts, needed something more exciting
Bom bom bi dom bi dum bum bay


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


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


Dun dun dun dun da dun dun da dun
dun dun dun dun da dun dun da dun dun da dun ?

19. INIGO MONTOYA’S SPEECH (Princess Bride) — Repeat 5 times

“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.”

20. Recite the opening to Star Trek

Space: the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.
Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds.
To seek out new life and new civilizations.
To boldly go where no one has gone before.