Hand Hygiene for Soap and Hand Sanitizer Use
During the Coronavirus pandemic, keeping hands clean was stressed as the most important way to help prevent the virus from spreading. Hand sanitizer became widely popular because it's easy to use on the go and convenient. But is hand sanitizer an equal substitute to handwashing?
The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because hand sanitizer may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. Hand sanitizers have also been found to be less effective at removing certain kinds of germs and harmful chemicals like pesticides or heavy metals from your hands.
If soap and water are not available, make sure to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. EIG carries Dermacen Instant Hand Sanitizer with the active ingredient Ethanol Alcohol at 70%. It also contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E emollients that will help to keep your skin soft, moist, and without a sticky residue. When using hand sanitizer, apply the product to the palm of one hand and rub it all over the surfaces of both hands until they are dry. product all over the surfaces of your hands until your hands are dry.
It is very important to never swallow the liquid in sanitizers as it can cause alcohol poisoning.
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Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention