Hand washing is all the rage these days (you know, the way it should have been your entire life?) as people seemingly realize for the first time that A) their dirty hands touching their faces is what makes them ill, and B) you have to actually wash your hands well to stop that from happening.

One of the most popular pieces of advice from the CDC has been to sing a song (Happy Birthday twice) in order to easily count the twenty-required seconds of scrubbing.

But what if you’re tired of Happy Birthday? What if you don’t want to sing the same song twice?

Well, good news – now you can opt for a 20-second clip of your choosing and have it made into a custom hand-washing chart for your bathroom!

Wash Your Lyrics is the brainchild of 17-year-old William Gibson, a full-stack developer and designer from the United Kingdom. All you have to do is go to his site, enter the artist and title of the song you’d like to sing while washing your hands, and the algorithm will pull the lyrics and insert them line by line into the National Health Service’s hand-washing technique poster.

It should come as no surprise that people love the idea. 90,000 posters were made on the very first day of operations, and so many people are into it that Gibson had to migrate to a different database provider to keep it up and running.


People are, of course, running with the idea in all sorts of hilarious directions, including this version, which is so end-of-the-world Internet, I just can’t.

The bottom line is this: you need to wash your hands often, and you need to make sure you (and your kids) are doing enough scrubbing to make that dry skin count.

So pick a song you want to sing a dozen times a day, pop over to Wash Your Lyrics! and print a few posters for your house.

I’m going there right now and doing Baby Shark.

Just to annoy my husband, because that’s the proper way to quarantine.