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Does washing your hands with soap (versus just water) really kill bacteria?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Soap: Regular soaps attach to oils that germs cling to. Hydrophilic/ hydrophobic. This allows the oil and germ to be flushed away with water. If you use only water - you would have to rely on rubbing motion to remove the germs that are flushed with water.

Answered 10/7/2015

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