Hand sanitiser versus hand washing

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Hand washing is always advisable, but when it’s not possible, hand sanitiser use is essential. Hand sanitiser has many benefits to ensure that you and your family can stay hygienic and safe wherever your are.

One of the biggest benefits of hand sanitiser is that it can be used on the go when you are out and about, for example on public transport, having a picnic in the park or when you are in the office. The efficient nature of hand sanitiser means you reduce the risk of picking up or spreading germs until you can next get to a washroom to wash your hands.

Another benefit of sanitiser is that it can be incredibly effective at killing germs, permitting that you buy high enough quality. Zidac hospital grade sanitiser can kill up to 99.99% of bacteria making it a highly effective way of keeping germs away. Often hand washing, on the other hand, can miss areas if it is not thorough or done for long enough.

Hand washing regularly can also sometimes cause hands to become sore. Using a hand sanitiser is not only good for killing germs, but also when purchasing products that contain softening ingredients such as aloe vera, it can help to calm and soften hands.

However, there are still times when hand sanitiser may not be as effective as hand washing. Hand sanitiser will not clean visibly dirty or greasy hands – for example, after gardening, handling oily foods, or DIY. In those instances, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds.

Likewise, if you work with chemicals you should always wash with soap and water.

Therefore, it is always best to use a combination of hand sanitiser and hand washing to ensure that you have maximum protection when you are at home, in the office or on the go.

1 Centres for Disease Control and Prevention: Handwashing and hand sanitiser use