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Make coronavirus hand washing more tolerable with Wash Your Lyrics generator

Get a customized hand-washing infographic with the lyrics from your favorite tune.

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Wash your hands, people.

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For people who aren't used to thoroughly scrubbing their hands, 20 seconds can feel like an eternity. There's a way to pass that time without losing your mind. The Wash Your Lyrics generator is here to help with a custom song-lyrics infographic that walks you through the proper cleansing steps.

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The World Health Organization recommends frequent hand washing as a key part of any COVID-19 coronavirus prevention strategy. "Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food," the CDC advises.

The circus is in town. This cropped hand-washing infographic uses the lyrics to Desolation Row.

Wash Your Lyrics

A common suggestion is to sing Happy Birthday twice, but Wash Your Lyrics makes this singing-to-yourself process more personal.

Input a song title and artist, hit "Generate" and let the website create a downloadable infographic that ties your tune into the recommended steps for washing your hands.

I tested the generator out with Bob Dylan's Desolation Row. My personal hand-washing infographic starts with "They're selling postcards of the hanging" and ends with "Cinderella, she seems so easy." I then headed to the sink and put the instructions to the test. The timing worked out perfectly for me.

The generator automatically pulls lyrics from Genius, so the length of the snippets that go with each illustration can vary quite a bit. You should time your song for yourself to make sure you're hitting your 20 seconds. On the flip side, you don't want to be stuck for three minutes under the faucet, either.

Wash Your Lyrics comes from William Gibson, a 17-year-old developer and designer in the UK who tweeted that he dedicated 24 hours to the creation of the project. It has hit a few snags from growing traffic, but Gibson has been making adjustments on the fly to keep the generator up and running. 

Read up on the latest on COVID-19 and check out our guide on how to effectively wash your hands

Update, March 9 at 4:20 p.m. PT: This story has been updated to include the source of the lyrics and the variable timing of the infographics. 

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