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Doctor insights on: Instructions For Using Hand Sanitizers

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What works better for cleaning hands, washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer?

What works better for cleaning hands, washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer?

To actually wash : Stuff off of hands- soap and water. The hand sanitizer just kills germs - it isn't designed for removing gunk off of hands. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Can using sterizar hand foam sanitizer really kill the norovirus?

Can using sterizar hand foam sanitizer really kill the norovirus?

Looks that way.: I am not familiar with this product but sterizar hand foamer, clorox hand sanitizing spray and germstar noro, and all claim to be effective against the norovirus. ...Read more

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How effective are alcohol-based hand sanitizers or benzalkonium chloride sanitizing wipes at killing cold germs?

How effective are alcohol-based hand sanitizers or benzalkonium chloride sanitizing wipes at killing cold germs?

100%: Both are 100% effective if used properly: make sure all areas are wiped (e.g., back and front of hands, fingertips, under the nails, etc) and keep rubbing until the alcohol or moisture from the wipes has dried. No cold viruses can survive such treatment. Soap and water also works! ...Read more

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Could I use mouthwash as hand soap?

You could: With its antiseptic properties, mouthwash is good for cleaning hands. This isn't necessarily less expensive but if you run out of hand soap mouthwash can be used. ...Read more

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Used antibacterial hand gel as no soap available after dealing with urine then put hands in water would I have stopped hand gel from working?

Used antibacterial hand gel as no soap available after dealing with urine then put hands in water would I have stopped hand gel from working?

Probably.: Most antibacterial gels use alcohol to kill bacteria. If the alcohol didn't dry, it may not have had a chance to kill the bacteria. I'd reapply. "if it didn't dry, they didn't die." if your hands are visibly dirty, you need to wash with soap and water. ...Read more

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Is hand washing dish detergent dangerous for children?

Is hand washing dish detergent dangerous for children?

See below: Depends on how the exposure is. If ingested, exposed to the eyes or a mucosa surface, the detergents can be harmful. If you have any concerns about a present exposure, call your local poison control center for advise. ...Read more

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Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

Depends: I think both are adequate as long as they are done correctly. I am not sure there has been a lot of studies in this area but I do know that soap and water is better for one particular bacteria called C. dificile- the main things are time and contact so that the whole hand gets covered and the rubbing helps get bacteria off the hands ...Read more

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Will i need both alcohol pads and antiseptic cleansing wipes for a first aid kit?

Will i need both alcohol pads and antiseptic cleansing wipes for a first aid kit?

Yes: You are not going to want to put alcohol wipe onto a clean open wound since it burns like crazy. Spray antiseptic or even bottle of saline to irrigate the wound is good in addition to alcohol pads that you may want to use in case of a bite or before injection. ...Read more

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When sanitizing my counters and kitchen which anti-bacterial sanitizer should I use, or does it matter? Can I use off-label generic sanitizers like(awesome)from the dollar store?

When sanitizing my counters and kitchen which anti-bacterial sanitizer should I use, or does it matter? Can I use off-label generic sanitizers like(awesome)from the dollar store?

Not necessary: Antibacterial sanitizers aren't necessary. The cdc recommends standard washing (soap and water) of hands, cutting boards, utensils, and countertops, and keeping raw meat, poultry, and seafood separate from ready-to-eat foods. However, if you still feel you need a sanitzer, a generic is probably fine. ...Read more

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Dr. David Malitz
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