Is hand sanitizer effective?

Hand Sanitizer
Hand Sanitizer
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Hand sanitizer may seem a bit like a craze. Everyone has a bottle somewhere, and it seems like lots of places have adopted hand sanitizer in lieu of actual soap and water. This may leave you wondering, how effective is hand sanitizer? Is it more effective than soap and water at killing germs?

Let’s look at some of the numbers. Studies have shown that hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration between 60-95{47352fedbc8c0a7bc2cabdb044343b3c4ef76f2be196108969d7b7ac2096e818} are more effective than hand sanitizers that have less or are non-alcohol based. Non-alcohol based hand sanitizer may not work well on certain types of germs, either. Hand sanitizer can remove some microbes, but they simply do not eliminate all types of germs. Continue reading “Is hand sanitizer effective?”