Super Soap Experiment

Show how effective washing your hands with soap is compared to washing without soap.

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    Step 1

    Fill the bowl with water

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    Step 2

    Sprinkle some black pepper into the water - the pepper should float

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    Step 3

    WITHOUT SOAP: Dip your finger into the water, and see what happens to the pepper.

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    Step 4

    With a dry hand, put some liquid soap onto your finger tip

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    Step 5

    WITH SOAP: Dip your soap covered finger tip into the bowl of pepper water, and see what happens!

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