Style

Does Hand Sanitizer Truly Work? The Answer.

February 11, 2016 by Rachel Gulmi
shefinds | Style

I have no shame in admitting that I’m somewhat (…for the most part) a germaphobe. On that note, I pretty much always carry hand sanitizer with me just in case I can’t wash my hands at a sink. Sometimes I wonder if sanitizer really does anything. How can this little bit of gel wipe my hands clean of germs and bacteria? Well, here’s what you need to know if you’re constantly applying hand sanitizer.

Most importantly, in order for hand sanitizer to be effective, it needs to be alcohol-based and contain at least 60% alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hand sanitizers that have an alcohol concentration of 60%-95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration.

You should try to stay away from non-alcohol-based sanitizers altogether. This type of sanitizer does not work well for all classes of germs and can cause germs to develop resistance. Plus, they are more likely to irritate your skin than alcohol-based sanitizers.

It’s important to note that hand sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Make sure you use a decent amount of sanitizer and let it dry completely before wiping it off. When used properly, hand sanitizers can kill many types of microbes very effectively.

Don’t miss 8 water bottles that will make you want to drink more water and learn more about the latest health drink called switchel!

[Photo: Shutterstock]

 

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

Drop Everything--Natori's Crazy Popular Convertible Bra Is On Sale For Just $27!

December 7, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
It's cheaper than ever!

Fashion

FYI, UNIQLO Has The Best Gifts Under $100 For *Everyone* On Your Shopping List

December 7, 2018 by Alisha Stacy
Check, check and check!

Fashion

The ‘Ugly’ Shoes Everyone Will Be Buying In 2019

December 5, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
We've never seen anything like this...

Fashion

Why Bombas Are The Best Socks You'll Ever Wear

December 4, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards

beauty

Shop This Year's Best Gifts That Give Back Before They're All Gone

December 3, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
'Tis the season.

Fashion

These Are The Biggest Shoe Trends Everyone's Buying For Holiday 2018

December 3, 2018 by SHEfinds Editors
*Adds to cart*

Fashion

FYI, UNIQLO Has The Best Gifts Under $100 For *Everyone* On Your Shopping List

The holiday season is all magical and fun... until you'...

Fashion

Don't Miss Your Chance To Win A $250 Carolee Jewelry Shopping Spree

One of our favorite parts of the holiday season (besides ...

Fashion

G-Shock's New S-Series Watch Is The Perfect 'Treat Yourself' Gift--Here's Why

Who doesn't love gifting season? The look of joy ...

Fashion

Why Bombas Are The Best Socks You'll Ever Wear

If you think all socks are the same, you're ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS