Apr 07, 2020

Hand sanitizing VS Hand washing : Which one to choose from?

There are so many ways to clean your hands from getting infected. However, when you want to make the process fast, you may look for a bottle of hand sanitizer. An effective hand sanitizer as we all know contains alcohol in it which helps in dissolving the outer coating of the viruses and bacteria, that may get stick to your hands while you are busy doing your routine chores, thereby killing them all.

But how effective is hand sanitizer when compared to removing the dirt from your hands with soap and water?

Let’s try to understand this;

According to a report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is proved that using a hand sanitizer which is alcohol based can help in taking out the bacteria and germs from your hands.

But along with this, it is also proven that it may not be effective on every type of bacteria on your hands. Sometimes a hand sanitizer is less effective or even not effective on certain types of dirt, grease or other substance on your hands which need proper washing to get removed.

So let’s face it, a hand sanitizer cannot replace hand washing although there are some situations when soap and water is not available to wash your hands. In such situations a hand sanitizer can act as your on the go friend that can help you in cleaning your hands.

One important thing here to understand is that any ordinary hand sanitizer cannot be your savior in tough times. As per various medical experts, a hand sanitizer containing no less than 60% alcohol is considered to be effective in fighting the battleground against germs. Zermero hand sanitizer contains 70% alcohol and is enriched with the goodness of herbal ingredients like tea tree oil and lavender.

To use a hand sanitizer properly, follow the instructions given by CDC:

  1. Before using hand sanitizer check on the label of the product regarding how much quantity is advised to be taken in one time and put that much quantity on the palm of one hand.
  2. Gently rub the solution between both the hands properly along with the fingers and at the back of your hands until the same get dry.
  3. Do this exercise for 10-12 seconds.

Proper Hand Washing

Washing your hands properly is also very vital especially when the dirt on your hands is visible. While washing your hands make sure to rub the soap all over your hand’s surface and between the fingers and also in your nails where most of the germs rest. Finally, rinse with water.

To sum up we can say that the main aim of hand sanitizing and hand washing is to keep your hands clean and free from germs. Both hand sanitizing and hand washing are effective in their own ways. Where soap and water is not readily available, then alcohol hand sanitizer can protect you from getting infected from illness causing germs. When on one hand soap and water removes bacteria and not kills it, alcohol based hand sanitizer, on the other hand, is proven to kill the bacteria. The onus thus lies on you to choose your preferred choice of hand cleansing.

Hope you find this piece of article knowledgeable. If you did, then don’t forget to share it with your friends and I will see you super soon with yet another informative article. Till then, like I always say, STAY HEALTHY & STAY HAPPY.