One of the most common question people ask us is “Why can’t we use alcohol based sanitizes?”
It is a very good and intuitive question, however the answer is much more simple than you think!
According to the Central for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) :
“Hand sanitizers should primarily be used as an OPTIONALFOLLOW-UP to traditional hand washing with soap and water, except in situations where soap and water are not available. In those instances, use of an alcohol-based product containing at least 60% alcohol 1 is recommended.”
“When using an alcohol-based hand rub:
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, BUT sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.”
A tip from us on how to use a sanitizer:
- Apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
- Rub your hands together.
- Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.