Online Lab Teaches Families about Germs with Fun and Easy Science Experiments

SHELTON, Conn. (November 16, 2010) /PRNewswire/ — For today’s busy families, getting sick is no fun. With cough, cold and flu season here, many parents are taking precautions to help keep their children healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),¹ one of the best ways to protect against getting sick is to wash hands often. To help teach families about the importance of clean hands and preventing the spread of germs, Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes has launched the Wet Ones Healthy Hands Zone™ website, an educational resource developed by Bill Nye, renowned science educator and author of Bill Nye the Science Guy's Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.

At the Wet Ones Healthy Hands Zone™ website, www.WetOnes.com, families can access video demonstrations of and instructions for fun science experiments that teach children about germs and keeping hands clean, as well as information about preventing the spread of germs.

“Scientists estimate that 80 percent of all infectious diseases are transmitted through hands, so it’s especially important to be vigilant about keeping hands clean,” said Nye. “That’s why I teamed up with Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes to teach families about stopping the spread of germs in a fun and entertaining, yet educational, way. With a little information, parents and their children can worry less about getting sick so they can spend more time enjoying the things they love to do.”

The Wet Ones Healthy Hands Zone™ resource features four science experiments families and teachers can easily conduct on their own. To check them out please visit www.WetOnes.com.

  • Grow Your Own Germs
    Germs are everywhere – from the playground to a child’s classroom desk to the family car. One way to teach kids about all the places they come into contact with germs during their daily lives and the importance of clean hands is to show them how to grow germs from all the things they touch with their hands, which you can do with this experiment.
  • Germs Multiply Fast
    No one likes getting sick. And what makes us sick? Gross, icky germs that are everywhere and difficult to avoid! This experiment demonstrates how fast germs multiply and reinforces the need to keep hands clean, especially when out and about during daily activities.
  • Bread Can Be Food for You, or for Germs
    Germs can be spread when you touch a contaminated surface and then touch your eyes, mouth or nose before washing your hands. When this happens, germs can get inside of us. To show you how germs can be picked up by hands from different things you touch throughout the day, try this fun experiment.
  • Germs Get Around
    Do you ever wonder how fast germs spread? Many surfaces we touch every day are covered with germs. And if you touch something with germs on it, it’s easy to pass those germs to a friend or family member if you don’t keep your hands clean.


It’s no secret that germs can be spread through hands. When droplets from a cough or sneeze travel through the air, germs can reach nearby people and surfaces. Some viruses and bacteria can live on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs or desks for at least two hours. A person can easily pick up germs by touching one of these contaminated surfaces.

The first line of defense against the spread of germs is to wash hands often. However, with the busy lives American families lead, soap and water are not always accessible. During those on-the-go moments, Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes are an effective alternative to prevent the spread of germs. Used by millions of moms, Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes are proven to be just as effective as gel hand sanitizers in killing 99.99 percent of germs, but they also clean better than hand sanitizer gels, wiping away dirt and messes without drying out skin like alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

“Germs are everywhere, but they are easy to forget about until you feel sick,” said Nye. “Teaching children at an early age to keep their hands clean will go a long way in helping them stay healthy during cough, cold and flu season, and beyond.”

For more information on the Wet Ones Healthy Hands Zone™ website or Wet Ones® Antibacterial Wipes, visit www.WetOnes.com.

About Wet Ones® Products

Wet Ones is a registered trademark of Playtex Products, LLC, whose parent company is Energizer Holdings, Inc. Wet Ones® Antibacterial Wipes kill 99.99 percent of germs and help consumers keep their hands clean.

¹ http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/hand/handwashing.html