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Are Hand Sanitizers Really Necessary?

September 16, 2010

We always want to do our best for our families, especially when it comes to health.  Here is one dilemma that faces flu-fighting, eco-minded families: 

Soap and Water or Hand Sanitizers?

According to the Neilson Company, the H1N1 virus is pretty much responsible for boosting hand sanitizer sales to a three-year high.  In fact, dispensers are found everywhere from offices to gyms to toddler areas.

The CDC says that in order for a hand sanitizer to be effective, it must contain 60% alcohol.  Lower concentrations just smear the bacteria around your hand.  Many hand sanitizers also contain triclosan, a pesticide that is linked to liver toxicity and thyroid malfunction.  Triclosan persists in the environment, ending up in lakes and streams, which is bad for aquatic life. 

Are hand sanitizers really necessary?  The CDC promotes washing hands with soap and water.  

It is important to wash your hands properly, for at least 20 seconds.  Soap doesn’t kill germs.  The friction of rubbing your hands (top, bottom, and in between fingers) loosens bacteria so it washes away.

Soap with essential oils, like lavender or tea tree, has natural antibacterial properties, making every scrub work harder.

How do you feel about using hand sanitizers?  Share your comments with us! 

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