In the wake of COVID-19, there’s an emphasis on hand hygiene’s role in ensuring protection against the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been spearheading the U.S. response to the coronavirus and recommends the most effective methods to keep your hands clean.
However, hand sanitizer is the next best alternative to stay germ-free when soap and water aren’t readily available. Hand sanitizers containing at least 60% of isopropyl alcohol can effectively reduce the risk of being infected by the virus.
Getting the most out of your hand sanitizer is just as important as using it in the first place. These tips will help you maximize your hand sanitizer’s effectiveness:
Using the right amount
The American Council on Science and Health claimed that, according to research, tiny drops of hand sanitizer were ineffective in producing the results you want. In today’s world, you don’t just need sanitizer to clean greasy fingers after you’ve chomped down a burger, the right amount could make a difference in keeping you safe and healthy.
According to the study, about 3 mL of hand sanitizer is adequate for doing the job right. This amounts to approximately more than half a teaspoon. The amount should be enough to coat your hands—both backs and palms—regardless of whether you have small hands or large-sized ones.
The right technique
Unlike soap, hand sanitizer isn’t meant to be rinsed. That’s why you need to make sure you use the right technique and don’t leave any residue behind on your hands.
To make the most of the sanitizer, remove any rings or jewelry that’ll get in the way of cleaning your hands. After you’ve squeezed out a dime-sized amount to one hand, rub your hands together and cover all surfaces. Make sure you apply it to the areas between your fingers and the back of your hands for effective cleaning.
Using it at the right time
Hand sanitizers reduce the number of microbes on your hands, effectively reducing the risk of sickness or infection. Using it at the right time ensures its effectiveness. The right time to use hand sanitizer isn’t when your hands are greasy or covered in dirt, heavily-soiled hands only hinder its efficacy.
Instead, the right time to use sanitizer is when your hands are dry and free of any dust or dirt. If your hands are wet or soiled, you should wipe them on a clean cloth or tissue paper before sanitizing them.
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