Hand Sanitizer Benefits
In situations where you need to wash your hands, there isn’t always going to be soap and water available in public places or out shopping. You can slip our small bottle of hand sanitizer in your glove compartment, a purse, or even your pocket for situations where you might want to wash your hands but either can’t find a sink or waiting for one is inconvenient (think long lines or not open to public restrooms). It’s perfect for when you’re running to do quick errands like the grocery store.
One of the foremost benefits of hand sanitizer is just that: It sanitizes. These products were designed to kill germs, and they get the job done. When used properly, hand sanitizers can eliminate 99.9% of the germs on your hands. The CDC recommends washing your hands any time you’re around food (preparing it or eating it), animals, garbage, and more. When you find yourself in these situations, hand sanitizer is the perfect addition to (or occasional replacement for) washing your hands with soap and water.
Less Risk of spreading Diseases
Minimizing your exposure to other people’s germs is crucial for your health. When you take a moment to sanitize your hands throughout the day, you reduce your chances of getting sick and getting others sick. Even a quick trip to run errands or the store can expose you to germs so keeping your hands as clean as possible is important.
Proper use of Hand sanitizer
How to use hand sanitizer per the CDC website.
- Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
- Rub your hands together.
- Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.
Hand sanitizer fact sheet link
Use hand sanitizer when you can’t use soap and water
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.
You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.