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Hand Sanitizers or Soap and Water?

Posted: Friday, September 18th, 2009 at 5:01 am

With flu season approaching many people may ask: soap and water, or hand sanitizer? Soap is more effective because the skin produces an oil that germs can stick to. Soap helps break down that oil. A good sanitizer needs to contain at least 60-percent ethanol alcohol. They shouldn’t be used on hands that are soiled or visibly dirty.