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. [Here’s an article by Australia’s science outreach guru, Dr Karl](https://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/09/23/3020122.htm) (think Bill Nye but with less hair and a more complex last name). TLDR: Soap actually works better at body temperature (which is not hot). When water of any temperature is in contact with your body, it tends to cool or heat to (you guessed it) body temperature. The temperature of the water has been scientifically proven to do almost nothing to the effectiveness of washing – in some soaps, warm water actually *causes* issues.

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