Hand Sanitizers Vs. Soap & Water

A mother and her daughter washing their hands in a sinkIs hand sanitizer as effective as soap? Hand washing is usually the go-to recommendation for preventing cold and flu outbreaks, but in recent years, many have taken to using hand sanitizers. The question is: How best to avoid infection? Is the general consensus for hand sanitizers really a good idea?

Well, a recent study found that staff in long-term care facilities who relied too much on hand sanitizers over hand washing actually reported more outbreaks of norovirus-related illness.

What is the active ingredient in hand sanitizers?

Hand sanitizers have a form of alcohol, such as ethyl alcohol, as an active ingredient. It works as an antiseptic. Other ingredients may include water, fragrance, and glycerin.

Hand Sanitizers vs. Soap and Water