Hand sanitizer is flying off shelves as Americans prepare for the coronavirus pandemic. While you are stocking up on this product you might be wondering: Is it really as effective as washing your hands? While hand sanitizer is a great product, you need to know when you should- and shouldn’t be using it. Cleaning your hands correctly will help you keep both you and your community safe. Learn the facts about hand sanitizer below.
Does Hand Sanitizer Really Kill Germs?
Here is the good news: most hand sanitizers really do kill germs. However, the ingredients matter. Hand sanitizers need to contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective. While there are a lot of home remedies floating around, it’s important to know the facts. Products like vodka and other drinking alcohols do not have a high enough proof to properly clean your hands. Other natural products like vinegar and essential oils can be used in homemade cleaning products, but are also not strong enough to kill all viruses.
What About Soap and Water?
Soap and water is still the most effective way to clean your hands. Not only does soap remove germs, but it also washes away dirt and grime from your skin. While hand sanitizer is effective, it should not be used as a replacement for washing your hands. However, sanitizer is a great alternative if you cannot access a sink. Just remember that hand sanitizer doesn’t remove dirt or debris. You should always wash your hands if they are visibly dirty.
Other Cleaning Products to Use
While it’s crucial that you clean your hands during this outbreak, it is also important to clean your home. However, not all cleaning products can kill the germs that cause COVID-19. The EPA has released a list of approved cleaners that effectively kill this virus. See the complete list here.
Our Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
PCP For Life is committed to the health of our patients, staffers, and members of our community. We are currently updating our clinic policies to minimize risks during appointments. Click here to learn more about our coronavirus protocol. You can also call us at 281-968-4096 if you have any questions about our safety management plan.