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What about hand sanitizers?

Hand sanitizers are a good alternative to hand washing if your hands aren't visibly dirty or greasy according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You should use hand sanitizers that are at least 60 percent alcohol. Non-alcohol based sanitizers don’t work equally well for all kinds of germs, are more likely to irritate the skin and actually prevent the growth of germs as opposed to killing them. Even alcohol-based hand sanitizers don’t eliminate all the germs on your hands. This is mostly due to the fact the people continue to use them ineffectively, either not using enough product to be effective or wiping it off before it dries.

How to use hand sanitizer

  • Apply a palmful of sanitizer in your cupped hand.
  • Rub hands palm to palm first then rub all over your hands, be sure not to forget between your fingers, your thumb, the backs of your hands and your nails.
  • Continue rubbing until your hands are completely dry.

References for hand washing

<< How to wash your hands

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