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What is hand sanitizer, and does it keep your hands clean?

Useful when you don’t have access to a sink and some soap, hand sanitizers have become a hot commodity in the face of COVID-19!

When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, viruses and bacteria nothing beats soap and water. But if handwashing isn’t an option, the next best thing is to use an alcohol-based sanitizer like Hand Sanitizers and Antibacterial Gel.

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Hand sanitizers are a type of disinfectant and antiseptic that is used to destroy microorganisms (pathogens) such as harmful viruses, fungi, and bacteria.

Hand sanitizers are alcohol-based and come in gel or liquid form. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are able to eliminate between 99.9% and 99.999% of microorganisms after application!

What are the key times to sanitize your hands

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during key times when you are likely to be exposed to, and spread, germs.

Hand sanitizer and Antibacterial Gel does however have an important role to play in preventing virus transmission when handwashing facilities are either unavailable or inconvenient to access. For this reason, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are used throughout various healthcare settings. Numerous studies have shown that the introduction of sanitizers in clinical settings significantly increases adherence to hygiene protocols among health care staff.

If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Why? Many studies have found that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60–95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers 16,20. Hand sanitizers without 60-95% alcohol:

1) may not work equally well for many types of germs; and

2) merely reduce the growth of germs rather than kill them outright.

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