Why Soap is Better Than Sanitizer

Everyone is sharing advice about washing your hands to decrease the spread of coronavirus. Many people have been using hand sanitizer instead, but this can be less effective over time. My husband and I recently watched a video by Alton Brown that spells out exactly why.

Basically, hand sanitizer doesn't remove the viruses and bacteria from your hands, it stunts its growth. A small percentage of the virus may still be able to infect after the hand sanitizer dries. In contrast, coronavirus (and other viruses and bacteria) can be broken by the emulsifying action of the soap. Handwashing with soap also removes the viruses from your skin, allowing it to be washed down the drain where it can't infect anyone.

Although most experts recommend washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, Alton Brown suggests 30 seconds to do a thorough job. And keep in mind that coronavirus lives in the air for several minutes and on hard surfaces for hours. That is why self quarantine and social distancing are so important to stop the spread of this nasty virus.

Stay safe, everyone!

Link: ABs Handwashing Tutorial - YouTube

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March 19, 20200 found this helpful

I'm sure studies were done to confirm these findings. That's why I like this kind of tip.



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March 20, 20200 found this helpful

Keep safe, Doug! It's been pretty crazy out here but we had some of the first cases in the U.S. I think the whole country will be affected for some time.

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