Hand sanitizer is a product that is used to remove germs from the skin of the hands. Although formulas vary, this is typically done with antibacterial ingredients, substances that kill bacteria, viruses and other microbes. This prevents the germs from entering your body through your eyes, mouth or nose or from contaminating foods or surfaces that you touch.
Keeping your hands clean can greatly reduce your risk of catching certain illnesses and lower the likelihood that you could spread germs to others. Experts recommend washing your hands frequently throughout the day, particularly before you handle food and after you use the bathroom. Hand sanitizers can help you thoroughly clean your hands at the sink and on the go.
Jabón is an effective way to cleanse your hands. A soap contains surfactants that produce a lather, allowing impurities to be washed away with water. Hand soaps are formulated specifically for hand washing and require water to create a sudsy lather. After you have washed your hands, you must rinse the hand soap away. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that using warm water and hand soap is the most effective way for people to wash their hands.
It's not always convenient to use soap and water to wash your hands. For those occasions, alcohol-based liquid sanitizers can provide a convenient alternative to soap. These products are typically effective at killing a large number of germs when used according to the manufacturer's instructions. Due to the presence of alcohol in their formulas, the liquids evaporate quickly, so there is no need to rinse or dry your hands after use.
To speed up hand sanitizing even more, you can use a hand sanitizer spray. These products typically have formulas similar to liquid alcohol-based hand sanitizers; however, they come in a spritz bottle rather than a squeeze bottle. This allows you to quickly apply the hand sanitizer on the go.
Hand sanitizing wipes are another convenient way to quickly clean your hands. These products are disposable single-use towelettes that are soaked in an antibacterial cleanser. To use one, you simply remove a wipe from the packaging, rub it over your skin and throw it away. Some wipes can be used to clean surfaces and objects as well as hands.