We’ve all used them at one time or another…Hand Sanitizers 😉
You can usually find a hand sanitizer dispenser just about everywhere….office buildings, hospitals, restaurants, schools. You see small bottles hanging off backpacks at the bus stop, diaper bags and purses.
Hand Sanitizer is defined as an alternative to hand-washing with soap and water. It generally consists of a combination of isopropanol, ethanol or providone-iodine. Alcohol based sanitizers kill 99.9% of most bacteria and can stop some viruses usually within 1 minute of application.
When Cold & Flu season is the perfect time to get in the habit if using them. 😀
You apply a generous amount to the palm of your hand…rub your hands together and rub your hands all over like you were using soap until your hands feel dry. Easy peasy in a pinch right?
Antimicrobial wipes are also effective and sometimes easier to use…especially for children. If their hands are visibly dirty and grimy…hand sanitizers aren’t the answer…you need soap & water.
If you have children and they are using sanitizers…beware of the possible pitfalls. If a child rubs their eyes or sucks their thumb you have to be cautious. A small amount will irritate their eye…after all…it is like rubbing alcohol in your eye 🙁
Since children usually eat with their hands…good old fashion hand washing is the way to go.
Is there a down side to them? After much research I don’t believe so….and that’s just my opinion. 🙂