When do you need to wash your hands
Hands normally carry lots of germs and should be washed:
- after visiting the toilet
- before handling food
- when visibly dirty
- after coughing or sneezing into your hands
Washing your hands regularly will help to stop the spread of germs.
Washing hands with soap and water whenever possible is best but if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitiser can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Hand sanitiser, alcohol or non-alcohol, is no substitute for hand washing, hand sanitizers can inactivate many types of microbes very effectively when used correctly although people may not use a large enough volume of the sanitizers or may wipe it off before it has dried.
Hand sanitiser may not work well on lightly/ heavy soiled hands and greasy hands as they will only inactivate some of the germs.
Altough the government is recommending 60%+ alcohol based sanitiser this is not totally correct. There are some alcohol free sanitisers on the market that are proven to do just as good if not a better job, DUOMAX, is one.
The stronger the alcohol content the harsher the product on your skin. The alcohol will dry out the skin and can cause cracks by removing the natural oils in skin.