How to Actually Use Hand Sanitizer Correctly

(HealthyAccess)- Hand sanitizer seems like one of the easiest and most convenient things a person can use to stay healthy. It’s just a matter of dropping a dollop on one’s hands, rubbing it in, and going, right?

Actually, there are plenty of ways to misuse hand sanitizer, which means people won’t be getting the most benefit from it. Here’s how to use hand sanitizer correctly for maximum impact.

What to Do

Washing hands is generally more effective at killing germs than using hand sanitizer, but when someone doesn’t have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer is a great alternative. It’s important to then pick a sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.

It is recommended that people cover the surfaces of both hands with the hand sanitizer. Coating the palms and fingers, then rub it in thoroughly for 20 seconds or until it’s completely dry. This process allows users to benefit the most from the antibacterial properties of the sanitizer. Refer to the label for the recommended amount of sanitizer per use.

It’s important to store hand sanitizer in a cool, dry location and to keep it out of children’s reach. Lastly, be sure to throw away expired sanitizer because it becomes less effective after their expiration date.

What to Not Do

There are several important things to remember to avoid when using sanitizer. For one, it’s important to avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth immediately after using hand sanitizer. Additionally, do not eat or drink hand sanitizer, as this can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can cause confusion, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and in extreme cases, respiratory distress and death.

Also, hand sanitizer should not replace regular hand washing. Studies show that hand sanitizers tend not to be effective at cleaning visibly dirty or greasy hands. They likely don’t help remove harmful chemicals, like pesticides and heavy metals, from hands. Whenever possible, washing hands with soap and warm water is best.

Hand sanitizer can be a wonderful on-the-go way to reduce the spread of germs, but only if it is used the correct way. When in doubt, be sure to read the directions on the label before use.

~Here’s to a Happier, Healthier Life!

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