Choose a hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol content. Hand sanitizers using alcohol will rapidly reduce the number of germs on the hands but do not remove any form of germ according to the CDC. Hand sanitizers with less than 60% alcohol do not function for certain forms of germs as well and only help to minimise their destruction by the amount of germs.

The elimination of certain kinds of germs, including norovirus, Clostridium schwier, and Cryptosporidium is more efficient than hand washing. But alcohol-based manual sanitisers can effectively inactivate different kinds of germs when properly used.

There are a variety of wrong and ineffectual ways to use a hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizer on the side is inadequate. Another mistake is to cut it until it’s dry. Furthermore, according to the CDC, hand sanitizers can not function as well if the hands become really grey or dirty (like football, as they do in the mud). The best option is to wash your hands with water and soap.

The best way to minimise germs on your hands is to wash hands. This is particularly true before, during and after food or before food. Wash the hands after using your toilet; change your diaper; touch a pet or clean the waste of the pet; handle the waste and sneeze or blow your nose after coughing.

Sanitation of hands replacing alcohol with benzalkonium chloride which is less effective in destroying some bacteria and viruses is also avoided by health staff. It is not recommended to make your own sanitisers; the false mixture of chemicals does not work or cause skin burns.

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