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Hand Sanitizer

I first realized I was turning into a germaphobe after I became a Grandmother.

My little “blessings” from above, always seemed to have runny noses, so I would always stock up on hand sanitizer. I had it everywhere, in my house, the car, my desk, and even my purse. I was ready for all those shared “daycare germs”. I even wipe my shopping cart handles, coming and going.

 

But what I didn’t know is that repeated overuse of hand sanitizers may actually lower your resistance to diseases by killing good bacteria, which helps protect against bad bacteria.

 

So here is some food for thought:

 

Hand washing with basic soap and water effectively prevents the spread of infection. It also prevents the transfer of toxic chemicals from your hands to your mouth. Scientists have found that children actually ingest more chemicals off their hands than from mouthing on toxic products directly.

 

Hand sanitizers don’t prevent hand-to-mouth chemical transfers because their purpose is to absorb into the skin and kill bacteria.

 

Anti-bacterial soaps do kill bacteria and microbes — but so does plain soap and water. An FDA advisory committee found that use of antibacterial soaps provides no benefits over plain soap and water. Hand washing regions supreme, no need to spend the extra money for anti-bacterial soap

 

Since 2010, the poison control center has seen a 400 percent increase in calls about children ingesting hand sanitizer. The amount of alcohol in alcohol sanitizer ranges from 45 percent to 95 percent, so even a small amount is like taking a shot of rubbing alcohol.

 

Hand sanitizers do have their uses, especially when you are not near a fresh water source.

As the cold and flu season approaches, remember the importance of practicing healthy hygiene habits. Sneeze and cough into your arm, never in your hand, wash your hands frequently, use antibacterial wipes on door handles and faucets. And whatever you do, keep your fingers out of your mouth, unless you are flossing, of course.

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