Teacher's experiment shows the power of hand-washing

Show your kids this NOW

15.2.2020

Show your kids this NOW

It's seriously impressive

Charlotte Grant-West Social Editor A clever primary school teacher asked her pupils – with varying degrees of 'hand cleanliness' – to touch five pieces of white bread. And the results are pretty shocking! 15 things mums can't deal with before the school run Let's be honest, handwashing is a pretty dry subject (ironically). We tell our kids over and over again to wash their hands with soap and hot water, but most of the time it goes in one ear and out the other. And if we're really truthful, we're guilty of skipping the sink now and again, too. One clever primary school teacher devised a SHOCKING visual experiment to prove the importance of handwashing to her pupils once and for all. Jaralee Metcalf, a teacher from Idaho, brought in five pieces of white bread to show kids what happens when we wash (and don't wash!) our hands. Bread touched with hand-sanitized hands Jaralee rubbed the first piece of bread on all of the laptops in the classroom. The second one wasn't touched, but was placed immediately in a plastic bag. The third piece of bread was touched by the whole class with unwashed hands. For slice number four the whole class washed their hands with warm water and soap before they touched the slice. And for fifth slice of bread, the class cleaned their hands with hand sanitiser and then touched it. Then, they put the bread in individual plastic bags to observe what would happen over the course of one month ... And, lo and behold, something VERY interesting happened. Bread wiped on laptops Related articles One month later the slice rubbed over the class's laptops was covered in mould and looked frankly gross ... far worse than all the other bits of bread. Example number three, the 'dirty hands' slice, was also covered in mould growths of various colours. Oddly specimen number five – the 'hand sanitiser' slice – turned out to have a lot of bacteria too, demonstrating that good 'ole fashioned soap and water beats hand sanitiser, erm, hands down. And surprise, surprise the only slice of bread that didn't have any obvious mould on it was number four, the slice that was touched with hands washed with warm water and soap. We were absolutely shocked when we saw how spotless the bread looked! What do you think of the experiment? Is this something that you'd do to encourage your kids to wash their hands more? Join in our forum chat below! Bread touched by hands washed with soap and water vs bread not touched at all Related stories Coronavirus: what parents need to know CHAT: 'How do you make sure your kids REALLY wash their hands' 10 symptoms you should never ignore in kids Don't Miss Read more: Netmums

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