With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing, you want to keep your hands as germ-free as possible. While washing your hands is still the best way to remove germs, hand sanitizer is an excellent alternative where soap and water aren’t readily available. However, you have to use the right product the right way for good results. Here are our 7 Do’s and Don’ts of Using Hand Sanitizer!
1. DO Use An Alcohol Based Sanitizer
Your hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. This is because non-alcohol-based sanitizers may keep germs from multiplying, but won’t kill them.
2. DON’T Use A Sanitizer That Has Been Recalled
You can check the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recall page to see if your hand sanitizer is on the list. Some hand sanitizers have been found to use methanol. Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, can cause blindness or death if absorbed through the skin.
3. DON’T Make Your Own
In today’s DIY world, it can be tempting to make your own hand sanitizer. However, homemade hand sanitizers may not be effective and can sometimes be harmful if mixed improperly.
4. DO Check Your Hands For Dirt
If your hands are visibly dirty or greasy, hand sanitizers may not work well. Stick to tried-and-true handwashing in this case!
5. DON’T Rely On Hand Sanitizer To Remove Harmful Chemicals
If you’ve come in contact with pesticides and heavy metals, wash your hands carefully with soap and water. Depending which chemicals you were exposed to, you may need to call a poison center.
6. DO Take Your Time
Use enough sanitizer to cover all parts of your hands and fingers. Rub your hands together until they feel dry, this should take around 20 seconds. There is no need to rush! Hand sanitizer may not be as effective if you rinse or wipe it off before your hands are dry.
7. DO Be Careful Around Kids
Keep hand sanitizers out of the reach of young children, who might mistake them for food or candy. In 2020 alone, U.S. poison centers received nearly 25,000 calls about hand sanitizer exposure in kids 12 and younger.