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Health & Fit Is hand sanitizer as effective as washing your hands?

01:15  03 december  2019
01:15  03 december  2019 Source:   theactivetimes.com

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Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infectious disease. When soap and water are available hand washing should be the Alcohol based sanitizers have been found very effective in killing germs on the hands . Hand sanitizing gels should be at least 60 percent alcohol to

Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol or greater, rub the product all over the surface of your hands . 5. Bathroom Break— Wash . The quick fix is tempting, but the CDC says that soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers at removing germs like cryptosporidium

When you enter a hospital, an airport, a grocery store or many other public places, there’s oftentimes a hand sanitizer dispenser waiting for you. The world is filled with different kinds of germs, but it’s not possible to walk around with clean water and antibacterial soap everywhere you go. If you use hand sanitizer, do you still need to wash your hands? Is using sanitizer as effective as soap and water?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hand sanitizer is a great method for reducing some bacteria, such as E. coli, from your hands when soap and water aren’t available. However, it should not replace washing your hands because, while it can reduce the number of microbes on your hands, it does not eliminate it entirely. Washing your hands with soap and water actually carries the bacteria away from the surface of your hands. Washing your hands with water alone can remove some of the germs, but using antibacterial soap will increase the effectiveness because the soap pulls the bacteria off to be swept away by the water.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Hand washing or hand sanitizers ? What's your best protection from germs? We use the Centers for Disease Control and Many studies have found that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60 to 95 percent are more effective at killing germs than those with

CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands . Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. Why?

The agency recommends using hand sanitizer only as a last resort by using a large amount, getting to places like fingernails and between fingers, and letting it dry on your hands completely to stop bacterial growth. Sanitizers should contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective in killing germs. By using a hand sanitizer with less than 60% alcohol, you risk the chance of only slowing the growth of the bacteria.

However, there are some situations where sanitizer may not be efficient at all, like if your hands get dirty from gardening or cooking in the kitchen with raw meat. In those cases, the recommended method would be to wash your hands with soap and warm water. Even though sanitizer may kill some germs in some situations, it won’t remove the grime or grease from your hands. Hand sanitizer is also not a great method for removing chemicals, such as pesticides, from your hands. The protein and fats in foods can reduce alcohol’s germ-killing effect.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Hand washing or hand sanitizers ? What's your best protection from germs? We use the Centers for Disease Control and Many studies have found that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60 to 95 percent are more effective at killing germs than those with

But how effective is hand sanitizer compared to washing your hands with soap and water? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention They may also be less effective if you have dirt, grease or other substances on your hands , so should not be used to replace hand washing .

Is hand sanitizer convenient? Yeah, and it will make do in a pinch. But nothing compares to good ol’ soap and water when it comes to cleaning your hands — especially after touching the dirtiest places in your home.

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