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Keeping clean

The Tippy Tap (Footsteps 30) is a useful way of improving hygiene. It uses very little water or soap

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From: Focus on health and dental care – Footsteps 42

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The Tippy Tap (Footsteps 30) is a useful way of improving hygiene. It uses very little water or soap. The base of the handle of a plastic container is heated over a candle and gently pinched with pliers so that it is sealed tight. Using a heated nail, a small hole is made just above the sealed area. The nail is heated again, this time to make two holes on the back of the bottle so that the container can be hung up. Use string to make a handle and attach an empty tin can upside down to keep the soap dry. Pulling the handle releases a stream of clean water for washing hands. 

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