Hand Washing or Sanitizing: Which One is Better This Pandemic
Our lovely hands touch hundreds of surfaces on a daily basis and catch all kinds of bacteria and viruses from those surfaces. No matter how hard we try we are already in a habit of touching our face, eyes, ears, nose, mouth with those same hands and make the way for bacteria to enter our bodies easier. Proper and consistent handwashing is the gold standard for most effectively killing viruses, including the COVID-19 and flu viruses. Hand sanitizers and hand wash help us in killing those bacteria before entering our body. Keeping our hands clean and washed is not only important to kill viruses and bacteria but also promotes good hygiene.
The question that comes here is which is better in protecting us against harmful viruses like COVID-19, before we answer this, let's dig a little deep into both of these hand cleaning methods.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to prevent the spread of infections and decrease the risk of getting sick. It’s important to wash our hands often, especially before preparing food and eating, and after coughing, sneezing, blowing our nose, and going to the restroom. Since the COVID-19 pandemic is swamping the world it is extremely important that we wash our hands after we have been in a public place and touched an item or surface frequently touched by other people, such as a doorknob, elevator button, or gas pump, and before touching our eyes, nose or mouth because that’s how germs enter the body.
To ensure you are killing germs, follow these steps every time you wash your hands:
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Tip- Prefer using a handwash with a soothing ingredient like Aloe Vera, regular washing of hands can make them dry. Aloe vera helps to retain your skin’s lost moisture. Aromaz Aloe Vera Hand Wash can be your perfect pick for a caring hand wash. It saves you from the virus as well as dry skin.
Hand sanitizer helps too
When you are out and about and unable to wash your hands, hand sanitizer is a good option. Be certain to use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% ethanol alcohol or 70% isopropanol alcohol such as Aromaz Soothing Hand Sanitizer which contains 70% isopropanol alcohol along with glycerine and propanediol to keep your hand beautifully moisturized.
Non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers or those with less than 60% alcohol may reduce germs, but not kill them. If benzalkonium chloride is listed as an active ingredient, the sanitizer is probably alcohol-free or does not include a high enough percentage of alcohol to ward off the COVID-19 virus.
We come to the conclusion that hand sanitizers are a convenient way to avoid viruses and bacteria when we are outside, but not all hand sanitizers provide you with the same level of protection, so you must choose your hand sanitizer carefully. On the other hand, hand wash provides you with the maximum protection against the virus and it cannot be replaced with hand sanitizers. So, Hand wash is our clear winner but don’t forget to carry a sanitizer when you go out.