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Is Natural Hand Wash Better than Hand Sanitizer?

January 03, 2019

Is Natural Hand Wash Better than Hand Sanitizer?

Natural hand wash has so far been shown to be better than hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers are recommended only if soap and water are not available. However, it doesn’t work on visible matter. It also doesn’t work well on excessive grease. So if you’ve just done something like play sports, work in your garden, work on your car, or handle food in a public place, traditional hand-washing is best. 

Hand sanitizers with between 60 and 90 percent of alcohol are more effective at killing germs. However, they have not been found to be particularly effective at eliminating pesticides or other harmful chemicals, such as lead. They are very good at eliminating many types of microbes but not all, such as c. difficle. The correct way to use sanitizer, if you need to, is to put a dollop on your palm, rub it all over your hands, and then wait for it to dry. Which usually takes only a few seconds. Some people wipe it off before it dries and that makes it ineffective. 

If possible, natural hand wash is the best way to go. Unlike hand sanitizer, it helps remove visible dirt and grease. When you use hand soap and water, it traps the dirt and bad germs in your hands and then they’re removed from your hands and go down with the water. In other words, soap simply removes germs, it doesn’t kill them. Organic soap also doesn’t pose a risk of keeping harmful chemicals in place. Unlike hand sanitizer, it also removes most harmful microbes. 

A Word About Organic versus Traditional Soap 

For some people, organic soap may be better than traditional hand soap. Harmful chemicals, such as fertilizers, are not involved in processing organic soaps. Some people with very sensitive skin also have trouble with irritation when using traditional soap.


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