Global Handwashing Day: Soap experiment

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Learn how soap works to break down germs.
Suitable for:
All ages, in the classroom or at home.
You will need:
A bowl of water, liquid soap, ground pepper.
Global Handwashing Day: Soap experiment Image
WaterAid/ Remissa Mak

Try the experiment

Learn how soap works to keep us safe, with this simple interactive experiment!

Over the last 18 months, washing our hands has been more important than ever. It's vital to stop the spread of diseases like COVID-19.

However, did you know that 2.3 billion people in the world – that's almost one in three of us – don't have soap and water to wash their hands at home?

On Global Handwashing Day, why not try this experiment with your class or youth group? It's a great way to get young people talking about handwashing, as well as introducing them to the science behind it through fun, practical learning.