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Hands sanitiser vs hand wash with soap

Experts say hand washing with soap and water is the first choice. Hand sanitiser is great for when you can’t get to soap and water. Soap is actually more effective at eliminating germs because it kills them rather than removing them.

Hands sanitizer. You squirt it, feel the cool tingling sensation, and spread it all over your hands. Then, you feel clean. It sounds pretty simple as an alternative to washing with soap and water. It’s quick, portable, and convenient. Hand sanitiser or hand antiseptic comes in gel or liquid solutions.

Hands sanitizer often contains a form of alcohol, such as ethyl alcohol – an active ingredient and works as an antiseptic. Other ingredients could include water, fragrance, and glycerin.

Non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers contain an antibiotic compound called triclosan or triclocarban. This ingredient can also found in commercial soaps.  These products are often labeled antibacterial, antimicrobial, or antiseptic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says triclosan could carry unnecessary risks and their benefits have yet proven.

If your hand sanitizer is scented, then it’s likely loaded with toxic synthetic fragrance. Companies aren’t required to disclose the ingredients that make up their secret scents. Thus they generally made from dozens of chemicals.

Many healthcare center research has shown that alcohol-free hands sanitiser may not kill all types of germs, bacteria, & viruses. Alcohol-free hands sanitizers contain benzalkonium chloride instead of alcohol to reduce microbes. These agents are less effective than alcohol.

Research shows that most people only wash their hands underwater for about five seconds. That is if they wash at all. The bottom line on hand sanitiser and handwashing: Technique is more important than technology. Experts say, ensures you wash with soap for at least 20 seconds.

“It’s not the end of the world if you miss out on buying alcohol hand rub. Washing your hands with soap and water is also very effective. There is not a huge amount of difference.” said Dr. Mike (Master Formulator, Indochine Natural).

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