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Effect of handwashing agents on bacterial contamination


In order to assess the effect of handwashing agents like soap and ash on the control of bacterial contamination, the study was carried out in two villages of Rajendranagar mandal of twenty households belonging to low income group having 1–2 years age children were randomly selected for the study handwash samples. Before feeding the child handwash samples after washing with different agents were collected and analysed for bacterial contamination. The study revealed that use of soap or ash for washing hands before feeding the child reduced hand contamination significantly.

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Anuradha, P., Devi, P.Y. & Prakash, M.S. Effect of handwashing agents on bacterial contamination. Indian J Pediatr 66, 7–10 (1999).

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  • Hand washing agents
  • Bacterial contamination