Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hand Sanitizers

Ha! I *knew* hand sanitizers weren't as good as soap and water. CBC article.

7 comments:

Rhiannon said...

Hon I hate to tell you but this study proves nothing about hand sanitizers versus washing. They didn't test the effects of hand wasching at all. So sorry but I think you may be a little premature here.

noricum said...

Can I be silly and point out that "washing" doesn't have a "c" in it? (Feeling German?) ;)

Rhiannon said...

Snort :-)

Bethany said...

That was my thought, too. It shows that hand sanitizers as actually used by middle school kids is not as effective as it is in manufacturer tests.

And to be fair, the manufacturers never claim it's a substitute for handwashing. It's like the dishwasher at my church... it doesn't wash hands, it only sanitizes them. So if there's food and grease on the hands after eating, it only makes it somewhat more sanitary grease. :-)

But, it doesn't compare it to handwashing as the typical middle schooler does it, which I guarantee is not as effective as the "official" handwashing sing-Happy-Birthday-twice and use-paper-towel-to-turn-off-tap and open door routine. :-)

noricum said...

The manufacturers don't, but it seems some people do. :P

Sara said...

Until a surgeon thinks mere hand sanitizer is enough for pre-op, I will continue to wash my hands.

WV: sylclotic-A mythical creature who needs counseling.

noricum said...

Your WV gave me a good chuckle!