Soap and Water Just as Good as Hand Gels

Many people use sanitizers to get rid of germs on their hands.

But, a new report shows washing hands with soap and water can be just as effective as antibacterial gels.

Dr. Paul Pepe, of Emergency Medicine says, "Some say to rub it vigorously and some say just to put it on your hands and let it air dry."

The alcohol-based hand sanitizers are convenient.

"I work in a bank, so money is kind of dirty. So, I use the hand sanitizer frequently," says Erica Gillum.

Consumer Robin Hardy, says, "Sometimes they smell a little. I smell a little odor but I think they are just as fine as soap and water."

A new study shows that washing your hands with soap and water for 15 seconds is just as effective as the antibacterial soaps.

Dr. Pepe, tells us, "Good old hand washing is really great. Soap really kills a lot of germs, everything from bacteria to even viruses, even flu viruses."

Doctors say whether you use the hand sanitizers or soap and water, what is important is being thorough, getting between the crevices, fingers and thumbs.

Researchers say they observed men washing their hands 75% and women 90% before leaving a public restroom.
Here is something to keep in mind.

Health experts say that using hand sanitizers over and over will build up a film on your hands.


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