How To Choose A Hand-Sanitiser?

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  • Wellbeing
  • Self Care
  • Dr. Jatin Bhide

The use of hand-sanitizers has never been as high. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also recommended the use of hand-sanitizers as a way to stay safe from Covid-19 and maintain basic hygiene.

For seniors, especially, with lower immunity, hand hygiene is crucial. If soap and water are not available, use a hand- sanitizer that can eliminate 99% of germs.

Much of what you apply on your skin can be absorbed by your body and go straight to your blood stream. You need protection, not harmful stuff.

Here’s how you can choose the right one:

  • Use one which contains ethyl or isopropyl alcohol in concentrations of at least 60% and up to 80%. Read ingredient
  • Some sanitisers can contain methanol, which can be highly Some may contain other chemicals you want to avoid. Do your research and check with your doctor for the right one.
  • Some hand-sanitisers also include extra ingredients like aloe and vitamin These will protect your hands from the drying effect.
  • Choose gel if Gel is thickened so it doesn’t run off your hands and dry too quickly, and you have to spread it consciously, which contributes to its efficacy.

Apply sanitiser to your palm and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds until dry.

The rubbing action and the contact time are critical.

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