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Keep it clean: 10 songs to sing while washing your hands

Posted at 1:55 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 13:55:27-05

(WTXL) — The CDC says hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.

Just some soap and water can be an effective way to stop germs from spreading. But there's one important note the CDC stresses: Scrubbing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

And if you don't know exactly how long to keep washing, the popular recommendation is to sing or hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end, twice.

While the birthday song is a classic, you can pretty much use any song you want as long as you hit the 20 second mark. Here are 10 recommendations from the ABC 27 team:

Africa by Toto

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 Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston

Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me
(x2)

Dreaming of You by Selena

'Cause I'm dreaming of you tonight
'Til tomorrow, I'll be holding you tight
And there's nowhere in the world I'd rather be
Than here in my room dreaming about you and me

Say My Name by Destiny's Child

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
(x2)

So Fresh, So Clean by OutKast

Ain't nobody dope as me I'm dressed so fresh so clean
(So fresh and so clean clean)
Don't you think I'm so sexy I'm dressed so fresh so clean
(So fresh and so clean clean)
Ain't nobody dope as me I'm dressed so fresh so clean
(So fresh and so clean clean)
I love when you stare at me I'm dressed so fresh so clean
(So fresh and so clean clean)

Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz

Windmill, windmill for the land
Turn forever hand in hand
Take it all in on your stride
It is ticking, falling down
Love forever, love has freely
Turned forever you and me
Windmill, windmill for the land
Is everybody in?

Viva la Vida by Coldplay

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Despacito by Luis Fonsi

Despacito
Quiero respirar tu cuello despacito
Deja que te diga cosas al oído
Para que te acuerdes si no estás conmigo
Despacito
Quiero desnudarte a besos despacito
Firmo en las paredes de tu laberinto
Y hacer de tu cuerpo todo un manuscrito (sube, sube, sube)
(Sube, sube)

Dancing with a Stranger by Sam Smith & Normani

Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Dancing with a stranger

In My Feelings by Drake

Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding?
Say you'll never ever leave from beside me
'Cause I want ya, and I need ya
And I'm down for you always
KB, do you love me? Are you riding?
Say you'll never ever leave from beside me
'Cause I want ya, and I need ya
And I'm down for you always

For more tips about how to effectively wash your hands and keep germs away, click here.