Washing hands with cold or hot water?

June 7, 2017

Do you use hot or cold water when you wash your hands?

Well, new research suggests that cold water might be just as good as warm water!

US scientists studied a group of volunteers and found that washing with cold water (15C) instead of hot water (38C) didn’t make a big difference to how much bacteria was killed.

They also said that using antibacterial soap instead of normal soap didn’t make much difference either.

What made a difference was the time you took to wash your hands.  You should scrub your hands for at least 10 seconds.

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I think this is really good news because I know a lot of people who don't want to use hot water because its to hot for them.


wow i never knew that. i should start washing my hands for longer now


We should use cold water hot water is way way to hot unless it's warm XD


I always use hot water and sing happy birthday in my head because it goes for the time ur suppost to wash ur hands for


i use cold water


i use cold water is well


I always use cold water 😀


i always use cold so thats good


hey thats so weird