Washing Hands in Cold Water Just as Effective as Hot

Washing your hands in cold water is just as effective as hot water in killing germs, according to a new study published in the Journal of Food Protection.  "People need to feel comfortable when they are washing their hands but  as far as effectiveness, this study shows us that the temperature of the  water used didn't matter," Donald Schaffner, a professor and extension  specialist in food science at Rutgers, said in a press release. 

The  study findings could have an impact on the restaurant and food industry,  since current FDA regulations require plumbing systems at restaurants  and food establishments to deliver water at 100 degrees for hand  washing. 

Source:  UPI