I personally love hand sanitizer. My roommate and I probably apply hand sanitizer five or more times a day. We usually use the scented ones from Bath & Body Works, they smell sooooo good! But I was thinking, how could something that smells that good really be helping you that much?
Hand sanitizer usually contains about 60 to 65% alcohol. The alcohol is either ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). Besides that, they have humectants that help keep skin from getting too dry, and emollients which moisturize by putting back some water that was taken away by the alcohol.
Hand sanitizer is known to kill germs. Some people are worried that the hand sanitizer kills the “good germs” too. “Good germs” are also known as “resident microflora”. “Bad germs” are known as “transient microflora”. Most hand sanitizers kill both types of germs. They tend to kill more of the transient microflora. Although they kill some resident microflora as well, this type of germ is regenerated quickly by the human body and are important for health. The only way to kill the bad germs is too kill a small amount of the good ones too.
Although hand sanitizer is a very good way to stay clean and healthy, it is NOT an alternative to washing your hands. It can be used IN ADDITION to washing your hands. To correctly wash your hands, you need to rub your hands together with soap and water for 20 seconds. After that is done, you can apply the sanitizer all over your hands until they are dry. They are saying if you do both, you will be a clean individual!
Hand sanitizer does have some possible bad sides to it. Some sanitizers can weaken the immune system, disrupt your hormones, cause alcohol poisoning if swallowed, or cause resistance to antibiotics. But these are very rare in sanitizers. If you buy a known brand and look through your ingredients, you will be fine.
I have concluded that as long as your sanitizer has over 60% alcohol, you are set! SO grab your bag, drop your sanitizer in there, and enjoy your day! 🙂