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How to Use Hand Sanitizers Effectively

by | Feb 5, 2021 | Medical & Veterinary Equipment Blog

Hand sanitizers are a convenient way to keep your hands clean and free of germs and are an increasingly popular alternative to hand washing with soap and water. However, just like with any other product, some sanitizers will be more effective than others, and a great deal of their effectiveness depends on proper usage. Our team at Georgian Anesthesia and Medical Corp. wants to help you keep your hands as hygienic as possible, so in this article we’ll be going over some key tips on how to choose hand sanitizers and how to use them effectively.

Which Hand Sanitizer?

When choosing hand sanitizers, the most important thing to look for is alcohol content. Experts recommend using sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol, as this is the minimum considered to be effective for killing germs. As long as a hand sanitizer meets this standard, it doesn’t matter whether it comes in the form of a gel, a foam, or a wipe, as all varieties significantly reduce microorganisms on the hands. We offer a range of different sanitizers to suit your preferences and needs.

How to Apply Hand Sanitizer

Once you have chosen your hand sanitizer, the next step is to know how to use it effectively. Our team the World Health Organization guidelines on the matter, and we are happy to provide a summary of them here:

  • First, make sure to apply enough sanitizer to cover all of the skin on your hands, about a palmful.
  • Rub your hands together palm to palm.
  • Then rub each palm over the back of the opposite hand, with fingers interlacing.
  • Face your palms together again, fingers interlacing, and rub them against each other to sanitize the skin between your digits.
  • Sanitize the area under your nails by curling your fingers into the opposite palms and rubbing them vertically against each other, then by flattening each palm in turn and rubbing the fingers of your opposite hand across it back and forth.
  • Curl your hand around your opposite thumb and twist to sanitize the skin there.
  • Make sure that you keep rubbing until all the alcohol evaporates and your hands are dry.