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Hand Sanitizer - Is Hand Sanitizing an Appropriate Investment?

Hand sanitizer is an antibacterial liquid, foam or gel usually used in many medical settings to kill most common bacteria/virus/fungi on the human hand. It is preferred in many settings because of the simplicity and quick onset of action of the product, while not allowing for the transfer of some of the hazardous chemicals typically used by hand sanitizers. Hand sanitizers are generally considered safe when used properly and according to package directions. In all settings, hand washing using only soap and water is typically preferred.


Hand sanitizers are formulated to kill or sterilize by using either oxygen or ozone solutions. Although commonly recommended, it is not known how effectively these ingredients will actually be against bacteria or other microorganisms. Some research has been done on theoretical and practical concepts with regards to the use of hand sanitizers as a method for hand washing. Hand sanitizers containing chlorine and/or alcohol have been studied for their effectiveness in killing germs; however, it was found that in general, these substances increased the risk of infections or other health problems for people who already had compromised immune systems. Also, studies have shown that some people can become sensitive to chlorine and other chlorine containing substances when being exposed to them.


The use of sanitizers has been recommended by both the American Academy of Dermatology and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a technique for reducing the risks of infection and disease. WHO recommends that all people who are in contact with food or water should wear a sanitizing hand sanitizer at all times, even if they do not feel sick. WHO also cautions against eating any uncooked shellfish that has not been imported from an approved source. The Food and Drug Administration also cautions against eating any raw fish that has not been washed prior to eating. This includes sushi that is intended to be eaten raw.

Studies have shown that when using a hand sanitizer, it is more effective if you use the alcohol-based variety rather than the chlorine-based type. Studies also suggest that a hand sanitizer containing chlorhexidine costs more than a product that only contains chlorine. Some people have argued that using a chlorinated solution to wash your hands will make you more vulnerable to the germ known as E. Coli. However, this germ cannot survive for more than a day or two at room temperature. So, in effect, the only time that you may actually come into contact with this germ would be if you were to eat or drink something that was made with or that had E.


So, now you know that hand sanitizers can help reduce the risks of healthcare-associated infections. You also need to know what kind of hand sanitizer to purchase. The best choice is one that contains either Ease of Use (which means that it is easy to apply) or Active Manuka Honey. Active manuka honey has been scientifically proven to be an effective natural alternative to antibiotics. So, not only is it better for your body, it can also help fight against and reduce the risk of germs and bacteria.


Some of the other ingredients to look for in a hand sanitizer include: alcohol, methanol, ethanol, sodium dichromate, or sodium laureth sulfate. Each of these is designed to kill a particular group of germs and bacteria. For example, methanol is designed to kill viruses and bacteria. And, sodium dichromate is used to get rid of disinfection by-products that are a byproduct of sanitizing alcohol.

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