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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It’s not.

It is however, better for *cleaning* your hands. Solubility increases with temperature. Soap is already plenty soluble, but other things are not, so if you’ve got a lot of dirt, grime, etc on your hands, hotter water will help. It’ll also help soften and loosen dirt

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