H1N1 FLU PREVENTION – When to use a alcohol based hand sanitizer?

December 8, 2009

A hand sanitizer is an excellent alternative to hand washing when soap & water are not available!

A hand sanitizer is an excellent alternative to hand washing when soap & water are not available!

About H1N1 Prevention & hand hygiene!

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers — which don’t require water — are an excellent alternative to hand washing, when soap and water aren’t available.

A hand sanitizer is actually MORE effective than soap and water in killing bacteria and viruses that cause disease! For, organisms cannot develop resistance to alcohol, and commercially prepared hand sanitizers contain ingredients that help prevent skin dryness.

But one should be aware that not all hand sanitizers are created with likewise substances. Some “waterless” hand sanitizers do not contain any alcohol. In general one should use only the alcohol-based products. The American CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends choosing products that contain at least 60 percent alcohol.

This is how to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:

• 1 – Apply 1/2 teaspoon of the product to the palm of your hand.
• 2 – Rub your hands together, covering all surfaces of your hands, until they’re dry.

NOTICE:If your hands are visibly dirty, however, wash with soap and water, if available, rather than a sanitizer!!!

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
‘Hand hygiene’: a starting point for H1N1 flu prevention!
About health, hands & ‘hand hygiene’!
Did you know that warm air dryers increase bacteria on hands?
Hand facts on hand hygiene!

PICTURE: How a hand sanitizer works!
How a hand sanitizer works: protective layers prevent bacteria from reaching the skin!

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2 Responses to “H1N1 FLU PREVENTION – When to use a alcohol based hand sanitizer?”


  1. How come no one does the story about the new sanitizers on the market which are alcohol-free? There are new products that kill 3 times the germs, work up to 30 minutes, and they are safer to use than alcohol. This one is my favorite: http://www.cleanphirst.com/store/alcohol_free_foam_hand_sanitizer.asp

  2. Kyle Says:

    Thanks for the tip. I think it is important to protect ourselves, but I think we should be even more careful because this isn’t a joke.

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