Songs to Sing while Washing your Hands
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During the Coronavirus pandemic, washing hands is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of getting infected by the virus. Before and after meals, hand washing should be the basic hygiene for all. Washing hands with soap and water limit the bacteria that you can have in your body. Aside from washing hands, we can also use hand sanitizers if we feel that washing with soap and water isn’t enough.
Washing your hands provides excellent protection against viruses and other pathogens. You need to wash with soap to eliminate the bacteria. This is advised by the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and a majority of hand-washing experts.
Preventing illness decreases the number of antibiotics individuals use and the likelihood that resistance to antibiotics will generate. Hand washing might eliminate about 30% of diarrhea-related illnesses and about 20% of respiratory infections. Lowering the number of such bacteria by washing hands also helps avoid the overconsumption of antibiotics — the single most significant factor contributing to antibiotic resistance around the world. Handwashing will also keep patients from being sick from germs that are also antibiotic-resistant and can be difficult to treat.
To ensure the effectiveness of washing hands, there is a time on how long we should cleanse our hands. 20 seconds or more would be the ideal time to wash our hands to ensure that we properly get rid of those uninvited germs and viruses that were attached to our hands. Also, we need to ensure that everything is good so we need to keep our hands away from our mouth, nose, and eyes. Since the virus can easily affect these passages.
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But, how can we maintain the 20-second rule of handwashing? Well, you might find it easy if you can sing a song that could last for 20 seconds. In that way, you’ll be inclined in doing this practice not just for hygiene but also for fun.
Here are the best songs you can sing while washing your hands:
- Love on Top by Beyonce
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 to make everything stop/ Finally you put my love on top”
If you are fond of Beyonce's song, Love on Top, this might be the song suitable for you while washing your hands. You can incorporate some dancing while washing your hands so that you won't feel bored or awkward while singing this 20-second song. As long as you enjoy your time washing your hands, you can sing the song as many times as you can. Just make sure that you thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.
- Happy Birthday Song
You can sing the happy birthday song twice. It’s the easiest song to sing. No need to worry about the song lyrics and tune. This is most suitable for children, especially if they are not too inclined on washing their hands. By having this song, your kids will find it fun to wash their hands, thus, ensuring proper hygiene with your children.
D.L. Preece says that kids might love around (actually two) of "Row, row, row your boat." And maybe you'll add a third round of "row, row" and dedicate it to "scratching my hands" to dislodge pathogens under those ailments. Sherry Kohn agrees with this choice of music that she heard about as a nursing student at Columbia University.
- “Stayin’ Alive,” by the BeeGees
Hand-washing chorus: Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother / You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive / Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’ / And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive / Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive / Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive.
If you prefer songs from BeeGees, it would be fun for you to sing along with. Washing your hands might be something that you need to put in mind and in your everyday routine, and having a song that you'd prefer will surely ensure that you might not forget washing your hands whenever necessary.
- “Dancing Queen,” by ABBA
Hand-washing chorus: 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/ Dig in the dancing queen.
This song from ABBA might also be one of your favorite songs. As you are in the rhythm of 'Dancing Queen' you might probably find it fun doing your usual routine in washing your hands. Just make sure that you won't feel awkward in singing a 20-second song while washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- "Just the Way You Are" – Bruno Mars
When I see your face / There’s not a thing that I would change / ’cause you’re amazing / Just the way you are / And when you smile / The whole world stops and stares for a while / ‘Cause you’re amazing / Just the way you are /
If you are a fan of Bruno Mars, this song might be suitable for you to enjoy your 20-second time washing your hands. You might also sing some other Bruno Mars song and make it a hobby to do proper hand washing to ensure that you'll reduce the risk of getting infected by unwanted germs and bacteria.
- "Mr. Brightside" – The Killers
Jealousy, turning saints into the sea / Swimming through sick lullabies / Choking on your alibis / But it’s just the price I pay / Destiny is calling me / Open up my eager eyes / ‘Cause I’m Mr. Brightside
This song lyric is another song to sing while hand washing. If you are fond of The Killers band, their song might lift your spirit up while doing your handwashing routine.
- "Whatever it Takes" – Imagine Dragons
Whatever it takes / ‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins / I do whatever it takes / ‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains / Whatever it takes / You take me to the top I’m ready for / Whatever it takes / ‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins / I do what it takes
- "Truth Hurts" – Lizzo
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
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There are a lot more songs out there that you can actually sing along. These lists are just the easiest (well, for me) since the lyrics and the rhythm are not too complicated.
You can also try “Yesterday,” by The Beatles, and “We Will Rock You,” by Queen. It might even work with “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and other nursery rhymes that you know.
Washing your hands is the most preventive measure in reducing the risk of getting infected by any sort of virus. Bear in mind the 20-second rule of handwashing and enjoy your time doing it by singing the song you love.
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Disclaimer: Please note that we can only pass on general information and cannot make any guarantees or be liable for any consequences of your decision making or behavior. Use good common sense and ask your healthcare provider or physician for advice.
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