Does hand sanitiser actually work?

As a general rule, studies frequently conclude that the best way to keep your hands clean is with soap, water and a 20 seconds worth of elbow grease, and this should be done often. However, hand sanitiser gels are still considered effective when used properly. Some tips for proper use include:

Visible Dirtiness

If your hands are visibly dirty, hand sanitiser is not the appropriate choice for cleaning. Wash dirty hands with soap and water, dry completely and follow up with hand sanitiser if required. Sanitisers work by allowing the alcohol to make direct contact with the skin. If dirt or other substances are coating the skin, microorganisms can survive by blocking this contact.

Concentration

To effectively neutralise dangerous pathogens, viruses and bacteria, it is recommended to use a sanitiser gel that is a minimum of 60% alcohol based.

Application

Alcohol based hand sanitisers should be applied to the hands in an amount that is liberal enough to coat the entire hand and all fingers. This should then be rubbed in to the hands until they are dry. Use friction when applying as this will help eliminate germs, and is the next best thing when soap and water are unavailable.

In certain industries where employees are exposed to more bacteria than usual, such as healthcare settings, or when extra care with hygiene is required, such as the food industry, workplace hand sanitiser dispensers can make hygiene more convenient. At Connect Cleaning Group, we specialise in commercial washroom services and hand sanitiser is among the many consumables we can supply.

If your business could benefit from the installation of hand sanitisers, give us a call today on 4023 4337, or you can read more about our entire range of washroom services by visiting our hygiene page.