The age old question… or maybe should I say, the recent question that we’ve all been asking – should we use hand sanitiser or water and soap? After this year’s happenings, we’ve all been thinking more about hand hygiene, which is great!
Hand hygiene is highly important to protect us and the ones around us from getting ill and it’s only effective if we do it well, so it’s only normal to ask questions. One of the main questions I’ve heard some friends and family is about soap and hand sanitiser, which one is the best. To get to the bottom of this question, I’ve partnered up with Ocean Free, hand sanitiser manufacturer.
Hand sanitiser vs soap
Both hand sanitiser and soap kill a variety of bacteria, germs and viruses that might get on your hands after touching public surface, objects and more. However, as this article on Family Budgeting mentions, “there are situations where hand sanitiser outweighs soap and water, and vice-versa.”
Hand sanitiser can be used anywhere and everywhere. A small, lightweight travel-size bottle of hand sanitiser can keep your hands clean on-the-go – the perfect solution when you are out and about. Plus, there are so many hand sanitiser options to choose from, you can pick one that works best for you, including liquid hand sanitiser, hand sanitising gel and moisturizing hand sanitiser.
When using hand sanitiser, it’s important to use one that has an alcohol concentration between 60% and 95%. In a recent blog post, Janine Huldie shared a study that found out that “alcohol-based hand sanitizers which had an alcohol concentration between 60%-95% kill germs most effectively, provided hand sanitizers were used correctly.”
Using hand sanitiser correctly is also essential. Ocean Free published an easy-to-follow guide on how to best apply hand sanitiser, which includes cleaning your fingertips and wrists that sometimes get forgotten!
Interestingly, hand sanitiser might be the right choice for toddlers. A Spanish study found that the frequent use of hand sanitiser resulted in fewer absent days, less antibiotic use and less respiratory infections.
If your hands are visibly dirty or greasy, soap and water should be your go-to. Soap is often recommended as the best way to get rid of germs in most situations, however, soap and water are not always available.
Whether you are commuting to work or simply grocery shopping and have no access to running water and soap, turning to hand sanitiser is the best option. Which one do you prefer?