If you’re on the go, you probably don’t want to spend time thinking about the trillions of germs that you come into contact with on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the fact is that it’s incredibly easy to pick up harmful bacteria like Salmonella, E. coli, or the germs contained in – yikes! – human feces. Daily interactions like shaking hands or turning doorknobs can transfer dangerous bacteria onto your skin in seconds. Luckily, you don’t need to live in fear. Applying hand sanitizer is a quick way to kill germs on your hands, especially when you don’t have access to soap and water. However, it’s important to learn how to use hand sanitizer to ensure you’re keeping harmful microorganisms at bay.
How to Use Hand Sanitizer
Do: Wash Your Hands First
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that using hand sanitizer is superior to washing your hands. As the CDC confirms, “Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations.” So when it is possible, wash your hands before using hand sanitizer. Don’t use hand sanitizer as an excuse to skip the sink.
Don’t: Leave Organic Matter on Your Hands
Hand sanitizer doesn’t just remove germs: It kills them. However, it’s important to make sure your hands are clean of any organic matter before applying hand sanitizer. If your hands are covered in dirt, crumbs, or grease, it doesn’t matter how much hand sanitizer you use – you may just spread the mess around. For that reason, make sure you’re wiping or rinsing your hands off before you apply hand sanitizer if your hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
Do: Use a Dime-Sized Amount
It may be tempting to douse your hands in sanitizer, especially if you’ve come into contact with something especially icky. However, you really don’t need to use more than a dime-sized amount of hand sanitizer. First, gobs larger than a dime-sized amount will take longer to dry. That increases the chance that you might pick up more organic matter with wet hands. You’ll also plow through your supply of sanitizer much more quickly, which can leave you vulnerable to bacteria if you’re on the go.
Finally, the more hand sanitizer you use, the drier your hands will become due to the alcohol content. Not only is this uncomfortable, but also it could cause cracks in your skin, which would allow even more germs to enter your body. To prevent this, in addition to using a smaller amount of product, opt for an alcohol-free version of hand sanitizer, like the SafeSpace Instant Hand Sanitizer. Instead of alcohol, it contains emollients (i.e., lotion) that will replenish and moisturize your skin, not dry it out.
Don’t: Ignore Product Labels
When determining how to use hand sanitizer, it’s easy to skip product labels. After all, the product seems fairly straightforward. At the end of the day, hand sanitizer is a chemical product. That makes it very important to read labels before you use any sanitizer product. If you have sensitive skin, test the product on a small patch of your skin before applying it to hands. Keep hand sanitizer out of the reach of kids, and contact Poison Control if hand sanitizer is ever ingested.
Do: Make Sure You’re Covering Every Surface
If you’re in a hurry, you might be tempted to toss a bit of sanitizer on the palms of your hands and casually clap them together to apply the product. This is an easy way to waste the product. When applying hand sanitizer, it’s crucial to cover every surface of your hands, rubbing them together for at least 30 seconds until the product is fully absorbed. Make sure to spread the product onto each of your fingers, and don’t neglect your fingernails, the tops of your hands, or your wrists. After you’ve applied the product, wait for it to dry completely before touching anything.
If you’re trying to stay healthy on the go, hand sanitizer is a must. Our SafeSpace Instant Hand Sanitizer is alcohol-free, safe for people of all ages, and 99 percent effective against harmful germs like Salmonella and E. coli. Our product also comes in a convenient, reusable, travel-sized container that will easily fit in your carry-on luggage, and it contains emollients to keep your hands moisturized. Finally, we offer refill bottles to help you save money and reduce landfill waste. Order your alcohol-free hand sanitizer online today.