December 14, 2007, Newsletter Issue #93: Hand Sanitizer vs. Soap and Water

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In the past, bathrooms all but exclusively contained soap and water, and that was it as far as hand washing. Today, there are many traditional soap companies introducing advanced hand sanitizer to the market. These new products are great for many situations, especially when handling babies or infants. What is the difference between hand sanitizer and soap?

Traditional soap is made from many different ingredients, all aimed at removing the surface dirt and grime. While this is important, it is usually not enough when wanting to ensure not only cleanliness but sanitization. Hand sanitizer, on the other hand, is usually alcohol based. The alcohol is effective in killing all bacteria that may be on your hands and is the far better choice for those touchy (no pun intended) situations.

Looking for hand hygiene tips on sanitizers? For the best results, use hand sanitizer after you have already washed with soap and water. The combination of the two will have you as clean as a surgeon waiting for surgery.

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