The tippy tap is a hands free way to wash your hands that is especially appropriate for rural areas where there is no running water. It is operated by a foot lever and thus reduces the chance for bacteria transmission, as the user touches only the soap. It uses only 40 millilitres of water to wash your hands versus 250 millilitres using a mug. Additionally, the used “waste” water can go to plants or back into the water table. It is one of the easiest and cheapest tools that can save water and help kick-start the conversation about hand washing with soap. It can help to increase good hand washing behaviour, and it does so in a fun and easy manner that is especially appealing to children.
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To show the students how simple it is to build a useful hand washing station.
• 4 sticks of wood, metal or bamboo (two of them with a fork at the end),
• 1 nail,
• 1 candle,
• 1 bar of soap,
• 1 water container (volume about five litres),
• 2 strong and thin ropes.
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