Is Hand Sanitizer Good For You?

When there is no water and soap available, I always rely on hand sanitizer to clean my hands of any germs. Before I eat, after I eat, or just to get sticky stuff off of my hands. 

While doing some research on if hand sanitizer, I found out that it is not so squeaky clean after all.

(This is the standard, or "correct" way to apply hand sanitizer for the "full" effect.)

Hand sanitizer or Antiseptic is an alternative to hand washing with soap and water. Main reasons that people use hand sanitizers is because they want to prevent themselves from viruses,the flu, and influenza.

So do all hand sanitzers help cleam the bacteria on our hands like they claim to?
"cleans 99.9% of germs"

According to a  New York Times article, hand saniterzers and antiseptics DO work and are a good cure for a dirty hand, but there are some guidelines:
-Check the bottle for active ingredients. (ie: Ethyl alcohol, Ethanol, Isopropanol, or some other variation).
-Make sure that whichever of those alcohols is listed, its concentration is between 60 and 95 percent, less than that ISN'T enough

The generic brands that are sold in store are in the same bottle, and around the same price as the trustworthy brands, yet the generic brands concentration is only 40 percent!! By using such small concentration of alcohol, it almost makes your hands dirtier. Its not always something you can see, but when using hand sanitizer with alcohol content of 40 percent, it can spread all of the previous germs that were on your hands all over the place, instead of eliminating the germs.

"how much goop should you use? Vigorously rub all sides of your hands with enough gel or foam to get them wet, and rub them together until they are dry. If your hands are dry within 10 or 15 seconds, according to the C.D.C. guidelines for health care workers, you haven't used enough."

                                  --The New York Times

More to come!! keep reading and commenting!


I am not sure if this is true or not, but I have heard from multiple sources that using too much hand sanitizer can be bad for you because it not only gets rid of the bad bacteria in your hands but also the good bacteria. One of my friends got very sick after he had been using hand sanitizer about 5 times a day for around 2 weeks, and he is convinced that it is because he used too much of it. I really couldn't see how too much of it could be harmful, but he isn't the only one who has told me that, so now I tend to avoid hand sanitizer unless it is the only available substance with which to clean my hands.

I will admit I am hand sanitizer addict. I have a bottle on my desk, in my car, and on my person at all times but like Sean mentioned there are draw backs to sanitizer.
Like Purell, these sanitizers boat that they kill 99.99% of germs but some of the bacterias present on our hands actually help us. Richard Gallo M.D. Ph.d. saids that we need some bacterias living on our skin. Researchers have found a germ that protects our immune system. Gallo says without this germ any time of injury to the skin causes excess inflammation. Taking away all these bacterias strips us of some natural defenses.

I learned in a previous science class that using occasionally using hand sanitizer is okay, but if you use it to much it will become less effective. The 1% of bacteria that hand sanitizers do not kill will multiply. Since they weren't killed by the hand sanitizer, they have immunity to it. This is why it becomes less effective over time. I also found that young kids who are still building their immunity to things shouldn't use hand sanitizers because it could hinder development. The website below gives some more reasons why hand sanitizer should not be used, so will you guys keep using it or not? There is "evidence" to support both sides!

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