Hand Washing with Soap is More Important Than the Use of Hand Sanitizer

BANDUNG, AYOBANDUNG.COMWashing hands now it’s even easier with the presence of a variety of practical hand sanitizer products.

However, these products cannot always replace the role of water and soap in disinfecting hands. Know when you can use a hand sanitizer or when you really need it washing hands with soap and water.

Hand sanitizers contain ethyl alcohol which functions like an antiseptic. According to research, germs on the hands are more effectively eradicated with a hand sanitizer that has an alcohol content of 60-95%.

Soap Or Hand Sanitizer?
Even though they contain ingredients that can help kill germs, you are not recommended to use a hand sanitizer if your hands are very dirty and oily, such as after eating, gardening, or exercising. There is a possibility that the hand sanitizer may not work optimally on hands that are too dirty.

Washing hands Using soap and water by scrubbing for 30 seconds is especially important for very dirty hands. You can use a hand sanitizer after washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water to make sure the germs on your hands are completely gone.

It is recommended to use a hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60% to effectively kill germs.

Non-alcoholic hand sanitizer products may not be effective in repelling certain types of germs, they can even make germs resistant to substances in hand sanitizers, and may irritate the skin.

How to Use Hand Sanitizer Properly
Besides washing hands, actually hand sanitizer can still be useful for maintaining cleanliness. Hand sanitizer performance is effective if used properly.

Here are the ways to use the hand santizer correctly:

– Remove jewelry from hand before using hand sanitizer.
– Pour enough hand sanitizer into the palm of your hand.
– Then rub it into the palm of your other hand.
– Spread evenly over the entire surface of the hands and fingers until dry.
– If your hands are very dirty, clean them first with soap and water, then you can use a hand sanitizer.

You can clean your hands with a hand sanitizer before preparing food, before eating, cleaning wounds, or touching a sick person. Reuse it after preparing food, especially raw meat, after using the toilet, sneezing, coughing, cleaning wounds, touching sick people, changing diapers, handling trash, and other dirty objects.

Washing hands with water and soap is preferred, but you can use a hand sanitizer to clean hands that don’t look dirty or if soap and water are not available.

Be careful about the use of hand sanitizer in children.

Do not let the child use the hand sanitizer on their own because there is a risk of being swallowed. Moreover, hand sanitizers are often produced with various aromas (such as vanilla, strawberry, or gum) and colors. If swallowed, children can get alcohol poisoning. Characterized by symptoms such as drowsiness, dizziness, vomiting, drop in blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rhythm. Blood sugar can also drop dramatically when you ingest alcohol, leading to seizures and coma.


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