Alton Brown and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Soap and Hand Washing

Alton Brown and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Soap and Hand Washing

It doesn’t matter if your age is 9 or 99, a common phrase that most of us heard growing up was, “Wash your hands before dinner!” Even if we didn’t understand why, we did anyways; however, some of us forgot the wisdom graced upon up us by our parents as we grew older. According to a 2014 study, only 12% of adults wash their hands before eating.

If there is anything we’ve learned from the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, it’s that washing hands regularly is one of the best defenses against contracting viruses. As the host of Good Eats, Alton Brown is an expert at breaking down the science of cooking; however, this time, he breaks down the science of soap, hand sanitizer, and handwashing.

Watch Alton Brown’s brilliant handwashing demonstration…


While Brown explains the pros of using soap versus hand sanitizer, he also recommends using a traditional bar of soap versus liquid soap. It’s better for the environment, it’s inexpensive, and contains fewer ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Soap bars are generally made from animal fat and plant oils. Liquid soap, on the other hand, generally contains more ingredients like Diethanolamine (DEA), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, and many other chemicals that emulsify or increase foam action but are they really necessary? In other words, a bar of soap is your best friend when it comes to clean hands.

Please share Altan Brown’s handwashing technique with your friends and family.

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