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Science at Home: The Science behind Handwashing Germs

🧬LIVE SCIENCE EXPERIMENT: The Science Behind Hand-washing germWhat you’ll need:Milk 🐮 Food coloring 🟢🟡Q-tipsSoap 🧼 Water 💧 Plate Steps: 1. Pour milk onto bottom of plate until covered2. Put drops of food coloring around the sides3. Dip a Q-tip in water and place in center: note that nothing changes. Explain to kids how this is the same as just using water while washing your hands- nothing gets washed away. 4. Dip new Q-tip in soap and place in center and watch how the colors move! Teachable moment: Soap breaks apart the fatty or lipid layer and then it’s able to move. This is the same with virus germs! 🦠 That’s why we rub in soap, and then when we rinse the germs are rinsed away! 😊

Posted by Liz Szewczyk WAOW on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

What goes into effectively washing germs away? Let's experiment and find out!

What you’ll need:
Milk 🐮
Food coloring 🟢🟡
Q-tips
Soap 🧼
Water 💧
Plate

Steps:
1. Pour milk onto bottom of plate until covered
2. Put drops of food coloring around the sides
3. Dip a Q-tip in water and place in center: note that nothing changes. Explain to kids how this is the same as just using water while washing your hands- nothing gets washed away.
4. Dip new Q-tip in soap and place in center and watch how the colors move!

Teachable moment: Soap breaks apart the fatty or lipid layer and then it’s able to move. This is the same with virus germs! 🦠 That’s why we rub in soap, and then when we rinse the germs are rinsed away!

😊

Liz Szewczyk

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