So you’re out and about, going about your life in a safe and ideally socially-distanced way.
When, exactly, should you be using hand sanitizer?
The short answer is that you should use it whenever you enter or exit a public space, and whenever you touch a shared surface (think door handles, countertops, and equipment at your newly-reopened gym).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that to stay safe, we use hand sanitizers made with at least 60% alcohol to protect ourselves from germs. (Note: Doc Hygiene offers hand sanitizer composed of 75% ethyl alcohol, exceeding CDC regulations with 99% germ-killing power!)
But hand sanitizer isn’t the be-all and end-all of hand hygiene. Here are three scenarios when you should be extra-cautious, and wash your hands with soap and water for no fewer than 20 seconds:
- When your hands are greasy or dirty
If your hands become soiled in a community setting—like while playing group sports, camping or fishing, or handling food—you’ll want to wash your hands with soap and water (perhaps in addition to using hand sanitizer) to make sure they’re 100% clean.
This will help remove the dirt and grease that could be masking germs underneath.
- When you’ve come in contact with pesticides and heavy metals
Though there’s limited research on this topic, experts believe hand sanitizer might not remove all harmful chemicals and pesticides from the hands. You’ll definitely want to proceed with caution here.
To this end, be sure to wash your hands carefully with soap and water if you think you’ve been exposed to pesticides, chemicals, or heavy metals.
- All the time!
This may sound trite, but it’s important to be cautious under any circumstances. And with our top-quality, single-use hand-sanitizing packets, we’re here to help make that happen.
You shouldn’t be worried, of course. But given the environment we’re living in, it’s essential to be careful and carry hand sanitizer with you when you leave the house. It’ll bring not only better health, but reassurance when you need it most.