Keeping your hands clean is extremely crucial because it is the best way to reduce the spread of infection. Hand-washing and hand sanitizer are two potent methods used to clean hands, however, sometimes it is confusing to tell which approach is more effective.
When to wash your hands:
When your hands are visibly dirty or greasy
Before, during, and after preparing food
After blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing
After touching garbage
Before treating a wound
Before and after caring for someone sick
After using the restroom
After touching an animal or animal related product (food, cage, waste, etc.)
Soap and running water is the best way to eliminate germs because soap molecules are extremely destructive against bacteria and viruses.The friction created through lathering and scrubbing is what helps wash away dirt, grease, and microbes under the water.
When to use hand sanitizer:
When visiting someone in a hospital or nursing home
If soap and water are not accessible
Even though hand sanitizer may be more quick and convenient, it cannot eliminate all germs and harmful chemicals. Hand sanitizers are most effective in clinical settings as opposed to community settings because this method of sanitation does not work well with the presence of dirt and grease. If one were to use hand sanitizer, it is important that it contains at least 60%-70% alcohol.