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Does washing your hands actually reduce bacteria?

Posted by anon, 27/7/13

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  • I say yes especially when you go to public places and catching public transport . That is why they have them everywhere at hospitals and counters at the shops so people are being extra vigilant now , perhaps due to new viruses etc ..


  • When you wash them correctly, yes!


  • Yes it does it is the best way to kill and get rid of bacteria. Antibacterial wash and gel are actually bad. Plain soap and water are much better for you


  • yes as does washing your body


  • Yes, washing one’s hands does reduce bacteria. One has to wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least a minute in order for them to be clean. Antibacterial washes are generally not as effective as soap and water as they can kill the good germs as well.


  • I’m sort of surprised at your question but will answer it anyway. Yes.


  • Yes,but you need to allow time for the wash to work. I.e. not just rinsing under water.


  • I think they do, but a medicated wash is usually better at doing this


  • as long as you do it properly!


  • yes it certainly does and you should use soap or an antibacterial hand wash


  • If your worried you can use the antibacterial hand gel


  • Yes if you use soap and do it properly, no if its a quick rinse with water.


  • Especially if you use antibacterial soap! You also need to work the soap around your hands for a good amount of time… Then rinse and dry well


  • It is definitely better to wash your hands Wash well with soap andwarm water


  • Washing hands with soap is good


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