Though the use of hand sanitizers has immensely increased during the recent pandemic, there are many myths and misconceptions about hand sanitizers. This article would cover some facts to expose and debunk these myths.
One of the most common misconceptions is that hand sanitizers are able to eradicate germs flawlessly, and they can prevent the spread of all contagious diseases, even the cold or flu. To clear this out, a hand sanitizer can surely kill more than 60 percent of flu viruses on your hand; people mostly contract flu from airborne agents, by breathing in the germs.
Therefore, no matter if you have used a sanitizer and your hands are clean and germ-free, you can still catch or spread the virus. A hand sanitizer may actually be a more efficient preventive means for gastrointestinal diseases, rather than infections such as the cold or flu.
Another myth is that hand sanitizers are ineffective in eliminating germs from hands as compared to the conventional hand washing with soap and water. This is not certainly true. Washing hands with soap and water works best if your hands are visibly soiled dirty. However, if your hands look clean but are actually loaded with germs, an alcohol based hand sanitizer is more effective in killing the germs.
Moreover, hand sanitizers are said to leave hands dry. On the contrary, the emollients contained in sanitizers are chemicals that reduce irritation by protecting and soothing the skin. Hence the truth is that an alcohol based hand sanitizer is indeed less harsh on the skin and may keep hands moisturized than soap and water.
Remember that a hand sanitizer containing 60 percent alcohol, whether under the name of a huge brand or a generic one will work just fine and you don’t have to waste your money paying the higher price for a brand name product.
Consequently, an alcohol based sanitizer when used sparingly and responsibly is not only able to eliminate more germs than soap and water, but is also gentler on skin if used in moderate amounts.
There are some arguments against alcohol content in sanitizers but they are valid only if the product is used in a way that it wasn’t intended to be. For example, an alcohol based hand sanitizer is not meant to be swallowed, and yes if it happens children or even adults can fall very ill.