As many as 400,000 germs per hand, that’s the number of bacteria that travel with us every day.


80% of infections can spread by hands and contaminated surfaces. If you really want to get clean hands, what’s your best bet?

“Did you wash your hands?” was a constant reminder from parents or teachers, when we were younger. With the advent of Hand Sanitizer, the question that looms large is, have we been taking shortcuts? Are hand sanitizers good enough?

The key with hand sanitizer is to use enough of it and to give your hands a full 15 seconds to dry.

Choose sanitizers wisely  

 There are 2 types of Hand sanitizers, one with alcohol and second without alcohol. Non-alcohol based hand sanitizers don’t really make any difference.

Sanitizers containing more than 60 percent alcohol can reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

Sanitizer is less effective on visibly dirty hands.

Soap and Water

The old-fashioned soap and water are considered the best bet for clean hands. But how you wash your hands is crucial. The timing makes a huge difference in washing hands. Most of us only spend 5 seconds at the sink which makes no difference in killing germs! You need to spend a full 20 seconds to really get the bugs out.

You need to spend a full 20 seconds to really get the bugs out.

It is also important to check the type of soap you use. Some soaps kill bacteria, others rinse them out.

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