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The Simple Truths & Debunked Myths of Hand Sanitizer

The Earth is flat, Big Foot is real, we never really landed on the moon, Elvis drives trucks these days incognito in Texas and eating two Big Macs a day can actually help you lose weight.

The world is full of popular, but silly myths that have been debunked through science and research. With numerous studies continuing to prove the safety and effectiveness of hand sanitizer, let’s take an in-depth look at some of the actual truths and more prevalent myths on this trusted, proven U.S. Centers for Disease Controls-endorsed germ killer.

Truth 1: Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers Do Not Contain Triclosan: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that triclosan not be used on products that are applied to and left on skin.

Truth 2: Hand Sanitizer Does Not Cause Antibiotic Resistance: The CDC reports the primary root cause of antibiotic resistance is the repeated and improper use of antibiotics. Alcohol in hand sanitizer eliminates a wide spectrum of germs and then evaporates. Nothing is left on the skin of germs to become resistant to.

Truth 3: Hand Sanitizer Does Excessively Dry Out Hands: One of the most popular charges levied against hand sanitizer is it dries out skin. However, most hand sanitizers are gentler on hands than soap and water because they do not strip natural liquids away.

Truth 4: Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Do Not Lead To Super Germs: The planet’s alarming and growing “super germ” problems is not the fault of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. In their lightning-fast extermination of germs, hand sanitizers destroy the cell membranes and denatures cell proteins of bacteria, leaving nothing behind to allow germs to become resistant or “super germs.”

Truth 5: All Germs Are Not Created Equal: Just like no two snowflakes are identical, no germs are exactly the same. The two main categories of germs are transient organisms (acquired as you touch something, and able to be transmitted inside your body) and resident organisms (which live on our skin at all layers of skin). Transient organisms lead to easy cross contamination, putting you and others in your close proximity at risk to illness.

The Bottom Line Truth: The average person has about 150 different species of bacteria on their hands, according to research by the University of Colorado-Boulder. Truth: Hand Sanitizer is our best, most proven and most convenient means of cleaning our hands when soap and water are not available.

“Sanitizers are a critical part of our daily hygiene routine,” the American Cleaning Institute stresses.