We all know that hand-washing is healthier and more effective for removing germs from your hands. However, if you’re in a hurry or using alcohol might be the best way to get something done right away then it’s what you’ll have to do. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons for these two methods so you can make an educated decision when it comes time!
Benefits of hand-washing: it’s the only way to remove microorganisms from your hands. It prevents infections and other illnesses that can be transmitted through contact with germs on your skin. You’ll be killing viruses, bacteria and fungus when you wash your hands regularly so don’t shy away from this method if you have a clean sink and some hot water!
Alcohol has some benefits as well: it dries quickly so you can get back to work, it’s easy to find and comes in a variety of forms, and it doesn’t require any running water or rinsing. However, alcohol is not effective at removing all types of germs from your hands- it’s best for killing bacteria.
In the end, hand-washing is still your best bet when it comes to being completely rid of germs and protecting yourself from illness. But if you’re in a hurry or don’t have access to water, using alcohol is better than not washing your hands at all!
Bonus: Here are five easy ways to remember how to hand-wash properly!
- Turn on the faucet and use soap or sanitizer if you have it. Soap is usually better because its antibacterial properties will remove more microorganisms than alcohol can even though they are both effective in killing bacteria.
- Rub your hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds. This will loosen the germs and remove them from your skin so they can be rinsed away.
- Make sure you rub all areas of your hands, especially between fingers where dirt often collects! Be thorough when washing because this is one of the best ways to keep yourself germ-free.
- Rinse under warm water for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to get all the soap off your hands so you’re not left with any residue.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. If you use a towel, make sure it’s not damp and that you don’t reuse it after drying your hands- this will just put germs back on them.