Teacher’s kinda gross ‘bread trick’ is the handwashing inspiration that kids need

Posted September 22
Updated September 26

It officially is autumn, but with the wonderful colors and pumpkin spice everything comes something not-so-lovely - the start of flu season. Beginning in the fall, peaking in January and possibly lasting all the way through May, the flu is not something to mess with.

The best way to prevent spreading the bug? Wash your hands. The important step in the hygiene process can go a long way to prevent the spread of the dreaded flu virus.

Thanks to an experiment by a teacher in North Carolina called the ‘bread trick’ that has since gone viral, we’re all getting a lesson in the importance of simply washing our hands.

washing hands photo
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On Facebook, Donna Gill Allen shared a photo of three slices of bread to explain why handwashing matters. Along with the photo, she writes, "To all my teacher friends this is the grossest yet coolest experiment. I did this while teaching about germs and how they spread."

All you need are three slices of bread - and some germs.

"You let all the kids see you put a piece of bread in a baggy with a glove on hence 'controlled' then you wash your hands and put a piece of bread in a baggy for 'clean’, she writes. “Last but definitely not least you pass a piece of bread around and let every kid in class touch it then you put it in a baggy and label it dirty."

The results are pretty shocking - and definitely disgusting.

"Watch how the bread changes over time due to germs. It is so cool and a great way to teach the importance of hand washing," she writes.

Ugh, so gross, right?!

Since germs are invisible, this seems like the perfect way to show kids just how easily they spread. Adults are loving the ‘bread trick,’ too, commenting on the post with praise for Allen’s unique way of teaching her students and tagging their teacher friends, saying they should try it out with their own students.

Facebook/Donna Gill Allen

The ‘bread trick’ post has been shared more than 75,000 times since it was posted in August and has more than 15,000 comments.

Other Ways To Prevent The Flu

Along with washing your hands, some other important steps to take when it comes to battling the flu include eating foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and following steps to keep germs out of your home in the first place, like not wearing your shoes indoors and wiping down light switches and door handles.

This story originally appeared on Simplemost. Checkout Simplemost for other great tips and ideas to make the most out of life.


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