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Showing posts with label Hand washing. Show all posts

COVID-19: Alternatives of Hand Sanitizer


Hand sanitizers are a great way to keep bacteria and germs at bay, but they're not the only way to keep your hands clean. There are other options, and here are a few suggestions for keeping your hands clean without using hand sanitizers (particularly useful when hand sanitizers aren't readily available):





Soaps are a great addition to hand sanitizer.

Soap and water aren't enough for washing your hands in the shower; they're also perfect for cleaning your body.

About any soap is intended to be a disinfectant. So, if you're looking for an alternative to hand sanitizer, this is a simple one. Also, hand washing is particularly necessary right now, but even though you use hand sanitizers, you can wash your hands.

True, soaps aren't as easy as hand sanitizers, but they do the job.

In reality, soaps could be more effective than hand sanitizers in the fight against Coronavirus (according to the CDC). So, why do soaps work so well against Coronavirus? It's because the virus has a fat-based skin, which the soap dissolves, rendering the virus inactive.

More information on soaps and why they are so successful against Coronavirus can be found here.

Alternative #2 of hand sanitizer is rubbing alcohol.

Isopropyl alcohol, also known as rubbing alcohol, can be a powerful disinfectant (source). There's an explanation hospitals and health providers have been disinfecting with it for millennia.

They're available at most pharmacies. It is important, though, to check the contents of the bottle you get to ensure that it contains at least 60% alcohol, as otherwise it will not be very successful.

Alternative #3 of hand sanitizers is antiseptic liquids.

Hand sanitizers may be replaced by antiseptic liquids like Dettol (and other related products) (source). You should dilute them in water to weaken them and make them more gentle on the skin.

While the majority of them are now fairly skin-friendly, double-check before using.

Gloves are an alternative to hand sanitizer # 4.






Wearing gloves is an alternative to hand sanitizers. Wearing gloves in the summer can sound strange, but they reduce the risk of coming into contact with pathogens. Since your skin does not come into contact with bacteria when you use gloves to clean objects, you don't need to use hand sanitizers. After all, the aim of hand sanitizers is to destroy germs that come into contact with your hands, so if you aren't actually touching something, you shouldn't need to use/sanitize them.

Since woollen or cloth gloves have pores, plastic or rubber gloves are preferable to woollen or fabric gloves.




Gloves have long been used by doctors and other health workers to minimise their exposure to viruses and germs, so this is obviously a safe way to do so.

However, don't use it all the time, and don't use the gloves to touch your face or any other uncovered body part – it will serve the purpose. If you brush your skin with gloved hands, you won't be able to reduce your skin's exposure to pathogens. So wearing gloves will help you minimise your sensitivity, but only if you don't use them to touch your face or skin. Consider the options carefully.

Alternative # 5 of hand sanitizer is plastic containers.

What if you need to go to the store for any necessities but don't have some hand sanitizers or even gloves? Perhaps you've found yourself in a store and are looking for a way to reduce the chance of being exposed... Try using a plastic shopping bag as a mask, or at the very least to touch objects. This is exactly what I did lately when I forgot my gloves at the store. So, if you're in a hurry, these can come in handy, particularly because they're available in most supermarkets.


Ziplock bags will work as well.


Plastic bags are safer than nothing if you're in a pinch because they reduce your susceptibility to surfaces and viruses. Hand sanitizers are used to disinfect your hands after touching something. Since the touch would be limited by plastic bags, you won't need to sanitise your palms. Nonetheless, you can. Often wash your hands after returning home, particularly during this period of increased risk.


Why not use vinegar to clean your home?






Here's a bonus tip: don't use vinegar as a substitute for hand sanitizer.

Vinegar has long been used as a disinfectant, but our study revealed that, although it has many applications, vinegar isn't very effective as a virus disinfectant.

If you're going to mess with viruses with chlorine, you're best off doing something safer like bleach or proper disinfectants. It's much better to be safe than sorry.

Make sure you don't have any sensory issues with the choice you want. After all, different people are open to different things. Consult the doctor if you're confused.


You may also want to read more about COVID-19 here.

COVID-19: Handwashing Tips That Are Easy And Effective



These days, who isn't aware of the value of handwashing? Handwashing vigilance will be one of the key public health messages promoted in 2021.

Handwashing with soap is a simple, reliable, and inexpensive do-it-yourself security that avoids infections and saves lives, according to the Global Handwashing Partnership, and hand hygiene is the most critical step we can take for disease prevention, according to the World Health Organization's guide (the handwashing tips below will help you with that).

According to UNICEF statistics, handwashing with soap will minimize global disease death rates by up to 65 percent. In the case of COVID-19, they also go so far as to suggest that it is crucial in the virus's battle.



Handwashing is important, to say the least. That's why we've compiled a list of five handwashing tips to make the procedure simple and efficient.


Continue reading to find out more about these handwashing suggestions.


Here are some easy measures to make washing your hands at home and on the go more manageable:


1. Dispense Soap

Use in any location with a drain, whether at home or at work.

If you find bar soaps slippery or believe they are unsanitary (especially in public washrooms or at work), using a pump soap can be a great substitute (not to mention safe).

You should buy liquid soap in bulk and dispensers from homeware stores if you're worried with waste. Empty pump bottles can also be washed and reused.

2. Always Tap on a lever



Another difficult aspect of handwashing (and one that deters certain people from doing it on a daily basis) is the simplicity of which it can be done. Consider adding lever taps for your hand and kitchen sinks if this describes you. It would be easier to use to wash your face, as well as allowing you to regulate the temperature.

3. Hand towels and paper towels for work and at home

Another important move in good handwashing is to rinse your hands properly. Check to see if your place of business has paper towels and/or a hand dryer. Invest in extra hand towels for your home so that you can wash and clean the dirty towels on a regular basis.

4. Hand sanitizers,



If you don't know whether you'll have access to a tap or soap, hand sanitizer is a natural (and convenient) option. This is one of the reasons why hand sanitizer stations can be found in a variety of public places, such as shopping centres, hospitals, and clinics.

When you're on the move and visiting public places like malls, hand sanitizer comes in handy.


How long should your hands be washed?

Singing Happy Birthday twice before soaping and washing your hands is a simple way to recall how long to wash your hands for a good rinse. It will take you about two minutes to disinfect and scrub your hands in the time it takes you to sing that twice.



So, the next time you're unsure how long to wash your face, just sing the song twice in your head (it takes about 20 seconds, in case you were wondering). If none of the other handwashing tips stick with you, at least consider this one!


You may also want to read more about COVID-19 here.