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How to Use Hand Sanitizer Correctly

Guidelines for washing your hands with soap and water can be found all over. You know the drill: scrub for 20 seconds, get under the fingernails, and use a clean towel to pat dry. Washing your hands regularly is a must! Especially if you’ve spent time in public. This is the best way to get rid of all sorts of germs, including the coronavirus that causes CV-19. However, you may not always have access to soap and water. In these cases, hand sanitizer is the most convenient alternative. But for this method to be effective, it must be done correctly. Using hand sanitizer the right way involves the right type, amount, and application method of hand sanitizer. 

Choose the Right Hand Sanitizer

CV-19 has certainly made the more popular brand sanitizers difficult to find. We have also seen an increase in new sanitizer brands popping up! But before putting that bottle in your cart, make sure you read the product label. You should choose an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. The Food and Drug Administration has also advised against hand sanitizers that contain methanol, a substance that can be toxic when rubbed into skin. The FDA has provided a searchable database so you can make sure you are buying a legitimate product.

Use the Right Amount of Hand Sanitizer

Some dispensers do not provide enough hand sanitizer in one squeeze. Or personal sanitizer users may accidentally pour too little substance in their hands. As recommended by the World Health Organization, you should apply a “coin sized” amount of gel to your palm. Similar to soap, you need enough hand sanitizer to cover both sides of your hands and between your fingers.

Apply Hand Sanitizer Correctly

The gel should be thoroughly rubbed onto the back and front of your hands, including the thumbs and between the fingers. This should take around 20 seconds. When you’re done, your hands should be dry and you shouldn’t need to wipe or rinse off the gel.

Other Considerations

Make sure you store your hand sanitizer in a cool, dry location. Sanitizer should not be exposed to direct sunlight or heat. You should also pay attention to the expiration date, as the alcohol content drops the closer the expiration date approaches. Remember, you should never ingest hand sanitizer, and keep hand sanitizer out of the reach of children in addition to supervising their use.

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How To Select Hand Sanitizer

To help prevent the spread of germs, the CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water as much as possible. This reduces the amount of chemicals and germs on your hands, making it less likely that you will get sick. However, soap and running water may not always be accessible. If this is the case, using a hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol will achieve the same result! In this article we will go over how to select a hand sanitizer that is effective. 

What To Do

Alcohol based hand sanitizers come in many different shapes and sizes, as well as different ingredients. How can you choose the perfect one? Before shopping, refer to the FDA’s Hand Sanitizer Do Not Use List to learn which alcohol-based sanitizers are not recommended. Once at the store, start by reading the product label! Your alcohol based sanitizer should have a minimum of 60% alcohol. This will normally be listed as ethanol, ethyl alcohol, isopropanol, or 2-propanol. After choosing your sanitizer, be sure to follow the label directions for use.

What To Avoid

What should you avoid? Do not choose a sanitizer that contains less than 60% alcohol or is listed as “alcohol-free,” as this sanitizer will not be effective at reducing the spread of germs. You should also avoid sanitizers that come in questionable packaging, such as cartons or anything that resembles a food and beverage container. Some of these products contain food flavoring to add scent. When using your sanitizer, remember to avoid contact with your eyes and keep the product out of reach of young children. You should also avoid cleaning surfaces with sanitizer as it is not designed to do that. And never store the sanitizer in your car!

How To Use

Using the sanitizer is simple! Simply rub the gel over your hands and fingers until the skin feels dry. If you wipe it off before it has been absorbed, it may not work against germs. 


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