The teenager behind the ‘Wash Your Lyrics’ site has spoken out, saying he wanted the public to have a wider choice of hand-washing songs than just ‘Happy Birthday’.

William Gibson, 17, created the online tool which allows users to enter the title of their chosen song and artist to automatically generate a poster matching the lyrics to a 13-step hand-washing guidelines.

“It just felt so sad singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to myself every time I washed my hands,” Gibson told the BBC.

“I had a feeling it would be popular – but didn’t think it would go quite this big,” he said.

“It was weird seeing celebrities I’ve followed for years on Instagram posting about it.”

About 175,000 posters were generated on his website in its first three days.

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