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Wash your hands and sing – song refrains with text for young and old that last at least 20 seconds

One of the best safeguards to avoid getting infected by viruses is to clean your hands regularly and thoroughly. And that doesn’t just apply to the coronavirus. However, such measures are particularly important in the current situation. It is recommended to wash your hands with soap under running water for at least 20 seconds. But how do you estimate the right time? Counting to 20 every time is kind of boring, isn’t it? We have a list of suitable songs that will not only make you wash your hands properly, but will also have fun while doing it.

Wash your hands and sing

Wash and clean hands as protection against viruses such as Corona

To have fun singing, you don’t have to have a talent for it. And if you like to sing to yourself in the shower, you can also do this while washing your hands and thus motivate yourself to do this long enough and thoroughly. The song “Happy Birthday”, which is sung twice in a row, is considered a classic for “counting” the past. But even that gets pretty monotonous in the long run. That’s why many people want a little variety even if they just wash their hands.

Wash your hands properly with popular songs for counting the time

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Wash your hands – lyrics and song for the 20-second rule

Wash your hands while singing to adhere to the 20 second rule

So that you can wash your hands properly, we have now put together a few of the most popular songs from the last few decades, the chorus of which is the right length. You may even know some of them by heart but you didn’t know it was 20 seconds. If not, you can practice right away and wash your hands while singing the next time.

We’ll start with a few ideas for adults, but then we’ll also have some great children’s songs to motivate the little ones to wash their hands as well.

Michael Jackson thriller as a hand wash song

Sing the chorus from Michael Jakcson's Thriller to wash your hands

Michael’s songs are really catchy tunes that you can hardly get out of your head. This also includes “Thriller”. It’s the perfect hand washing song if you’re looking for a chorus in English. Oil your vocal cords and get started! You are sure to infect your neighbors with your rumble – or you get on your nerves.

Cause this is thriller

Thriller at night

And no one’s gonna save you

From the beast about to strike

You know it’s thriller

Thriller at night

You’re fighting for your life

Inside a killer, thriller tonight, yeah

Britney Spears “Oops! … I did it again” as a hand washing song

Wash hands with Britney Spears - The chorus of Oops I did it again is perfect

Attention, another catchy tune follows, this time from Britney Spears. And if you have this song in your head for the rest of the day and you’re humming to yourself, we apologize. But if you are already singing it, take advantage of it and clean your hands – you should wash your hands as often (but not only) as possible, especially during epidemics. This also reduces the risk of illness from Covid-19.

Oops, I did it again

I played with your heart

got lost in the game

Oh baby baby

Oops, you think I’m in love

That I’m sent from above

I’m not that innocent

Proper hand washing with “I’m so excited” from the Pointer Sisters

Wash your hands while dancing and singing with the Pointer Sisters - I'm so excited

If you want something really upbeat, you will make the right choice with this song. But be careful not to get the whole bathroom wet while you wash your hands from all the dancing.

I’m so excited

and I just can’t hide it

I’m about to lose control and I think I like it

I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it

And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know I want you

“Africa” ​​by Toto

Africa by Toto for hand washing with a retro flair

Pick the right song according to your mood and adapt it to your mood. You can wash your hands a little more relaxed with “Africa” by Toto. Give it a try and take a detour to the bathroom!

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

“Hands Clean” by Alanis Morisette

Wash your hands with Alanis Morisette - Hands Clean's chorus lasts 20 seconds

Another classic where you can hardly stand still even when washing your hands. The song by Alanis Morisette is without a doubt one of the classics and will still be heard and sung with pleasure in 2020. Ironically, the song title also fits the occasion. So don’t forget it on your playlist if you want to wash your hands while singing in a variety of ways.

Ooh, this could be messy but

But you don’t seem to mind and

Ooh, don’t go telling everybody

And overlook this supposed crime

We’ll fast forward to a few years later

And no one knows except the both of us

And I have honored your request for silence

And you’ve washed your hands clean of this

“Karma Chameleon” from Culture Club

Culture Club for proper hygiene against infections

“Karma Chameleon” also puts you in a good mood and lets you quickly forget the stress that the coronavirus causes for most people. If you can’t get enough of the song, just turn up the volume and let it play.

Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon

You come and go, you come and go

Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams

Red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green

“Livin‘ On a Prayer ”by Bon Jovi

Rock music for washing hands by Bon Jovi - Livin 'on a Prayer

Those who like it a little more rock can opt for Bon Jovi – another classic that never gets annoying and can help you wash your hands. The chorus is a few seconds shorter than 20, so include a few more. Or you just repeat it again. I’m sure you don’t mind. You can also add the bridge for over 30 seconds. Hand washing protects the better the longer you do it.


She says, we’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got

It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not

We’ve got each other and that’s a lot for love

We’ll give it a shot

Song refrain:

Woah, we’re half way there

Woah, livin ‘on a prayer

Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear

Woah, livin ‘on a prayer

Wash hands for children

Having fun in quarantine and singing songs while washing your hands

Children in particular rarely have the patience to stand by the sink for long and do not always understand the current risk and the importance of hygiene. So it’s important to make the whole thing more fun and songs are the perfect idea. It is best to choose songs whose refrain is in German and the song “hand wash” is hardly more suitable for this purpose. Sing the following lines for almost 30 seconds:

Wash your hands, wash your hands

every child has to

Wash your hands, wash your hands

until they are clean

Now your hands are clean, yes

but unfortunately there is no towel.

So we have to shake it,

shake, shake, shake.

So we have to shake it

until they are dry again.

Wash hands with the nursery rhyme “Bake, bake cake”

Wash hands with children's songs for the little ones - bake, bake cakes

Washing your hands after the toilet is of course just as important, and with the right song it gets funnier. If you would like to wash your children’s hands with a nursery rhyme, the text of “Bake, bake cake” is super suitable and will quickly become a catchy tune.

Bake bake cake,

the baker called:

Who wants to bake good cakes,

he must have seven things:

Eggs and lard,

Sugar and salt,

Milk and flour,

Saffron makes the cake gel!

Push, push in the oven ’no.

“The monkeys race through the forest”

'The monkeys are racing through the forest' as a hand-washing song for children

The song about the missing coconut and the monkeys is peppy and funny. If you don’t know the text yet, you will surely be able to memorize it quickly. In addition to protecting you and your children from infection, washing your hands with nursery rhymes also gives you a reason to discover and learn new songs.

The monkeys race through the forest,

One makes the other cold,

The whole gang of monkeys roars:

Where’s the coconut?

Where’s the coconut?

Who stole the coconut??

“A Bi-Ba-Butzemann is dancing”

Children should be taught proper hygiene in good time

If you want to wash your hands with a nursery rhyme, the Bi-Ba-Butzemann is also suitable, but don’t think that the song is only suitable for children. You too can thoroughly clean your hands with any nursery rhyme.

A Bi-Ba-Butzemann is dancing around in our circle, dideldum,

a Bi-Ba-Butzemann is dancing around in our circle.

He shakes himself, he shakes himself, he throws his sack behind him:

a Bi-Ba-Butzemann is dancing around in our circle.

Wash hands with children’s songs – “It’s raining”

Singing 'It's raining' with children and having fun washing hands

Not only on a rainy day that you have to spend indoors, you can cheer yourself up with this beautiful nursery rhyme. It is also perfect for hand washing and we won’t be surprised if your child doesn’t want to stop washing their little hands. We especially like the version from the video above with the following text:

It’s raining, it’s raining

It’s raining its course

And when it has rained enough

Then it stops again

Drip-drip, splash-splash, splash-splash, rain,

Drip-drip, splash-splash, splash-splash, wet.

Schnappi, the crocodile

Schnappi, the little crocodile is a helpful song to clean your hands for 20 seconds

In 2004 this nursery rhyme was the biggest hit ever – some contracted Schnappi fever, others were incredibly annoyed by the song. Either way, it is wonderfully suitable if you want to wash your hands while singing. And we are sure that the rhythmic song will go down well with your children too.

I am Schnappi the little crocodile.

Come from Egypt, it’s right on the Nile.

At first I was lying in an egg,

Then snap, snap, I snatched myself free


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Wash hands with “My grandma rides a motorcycle in the chicken coop”

Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly to protect against infection with Covid-19

This fun nursery rhyme is super funny. In order to keep your hands clean long enough, it is best to sing two stanzas in a row. You can decide for yourself which one, because the selection is sufficiently large. The introduction consists of the following lines:

My grandma rides a motorcycle in the chicken coop

Motorcycle, motorcycle

my grandma rides a motorcycle in the chicken coop

my grandma is a very smart woman. (or: And the grandpa with a scooter afterwards)

But there are numerous additional options with which the song can be changed in many ways and laughs are guaranteed for the children! Here are a few ideas:

My grandma has a radio in her molar …

My grandma has a chamber pot with lighting …

My grandma has a spoon with a propeller …

My grandma has toilet paper with flowers …

My grandma has glasses with curtains …

My grandma has a saucepan with a steering wheel …

My grandma watches the news with a telescope …

My grandma rides the Elbe in a chamber pot …

My grandma makes jam out of cow dung …

My grandma skates on grandpa’s bald head …

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