With recent concerns over H1N1 and other flu viruses, many people have turned to hand sanitizers to safeguard their homes and offices. The question is, do they really work and how safe are they?
The first point that must be noted in regards to sanitizers is that they were never intended as a complete replacement for washing. If a person’s hands are filthy, hand sanitizer alone cannot penetrate all the dirt and grease required to properly clean.
Another important point that must be emphasized is that in order to get the benefit of the sanitizer, the individual must use the same discretion as he or she would when washing – that is, the sanitizer must be thoroughly rubbed into all surfaces of the hand and let dry to achieve maximum effectiveness.