Why is hot water more effective than cold when washing your hands, if the water isnt hot enough to kill bacteria?

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Why is hot water more effective than cold when washing your hands, if the water isnt hot enough to kill bacteria?

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Temperature is really just the amount of activity going on at a microscopic level. If its warmer that means all the molecules are bouncing around a lot faster and thus doing whatever it is they’re going to do faster. Because of this heat generally accelerates chemical reactions whether that’s water dissolving dirt or soap clinging to oil.

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