Is hand sanitizer effective?

Hand Sanitizer

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% 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.

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The office breakroom may have unexpected health hazards

Courtesy of Kimberly-Clark Professional

According to a study conducted in 2012 by Kimberly-Clark Professional, you may be surprised where the germs in your office may reside. Here’s a hint: it’s actually not the bathroom.

The majority of germs and bacteria is actually where food may be prepared and eaten. Break rooms and kitchens are at the top of the list for being the worst offenders of germs at the office. You may be shocked to find out that the dirtiest surface of all is not the toilet seat – it was actually found to be the microwave door handle!

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