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Handy Songs For Clean Hands

Alison Williams

16 Jul 2020

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As lockdown eases, we should be even more vigilant about handwashing. You can’t catch coronavirus through your skin but if contaminated hands touch your face then all the belated social distancing in the world won’t help you.

I don’t know about you, but I am sick to death of the Happy Birthday song. I will never sing it again when this is over.
You still need to scrub with soap for 20 seconds to remove those pathogens and twenty seconds is a long time when you’re standing at a sink, so here are a few alternative 20-second tunes which will probably give you an earworm for a week!
• The chorus to Dolly Parton’s hit single Jolene: “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.”
• As a teen I was in love with Morten Harket from A-Ha so I was delighted to find that the chorus of Take On Me is 20 seconds providing you hold the last note properly...and who wouldn’t? “Take on me (take on me), Take me on (take on me), I’ll be gone, In a day or twoooooooooooo...”
• One friend also suggested reciting The Lord’s Prayer, which is fine if praying is your thing, or you feel divine intervention is necessary!
• My favourite though was overhearing my friend’s unbearably cute curly-haired three-year-old singing, “Twinkle, twinkle little star, look how clean my two hands are. Round my wrists and round my thumbs, link my fingers, almost done. Twinkle, twinkle little star, look how clean my two hands are!”
Stay safe everyone.

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