What You Need to Know about Hand Sanitizer
Is hand sanitizer better than using soap and water?
No, it is not.
- Using soap and water should be your first choice.
- You can help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus by washing your hands often.
- Commit to washing with soap and water for AT LEAST 20 seconds.
- And, always wash your hands after using the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
When do I use hand sanitizer?
- Use hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
Make sure the bottle says it is made with at least 60% alcohol. The alcohol helps kill the COVID-19 virus.
How do I use hand sanitizer?
- Rub the hand sanitizer all over your hands. Make sure to get between your fingers and the back of your hand.
- Do not wipe off or rinse off. Let it dry.
- Do not use hand sanitizer if your hands are greasy or dirty. Instead, wash your hands with soap and water.
Can I make my own hand sanitizer?
- Hand sanitizer may be hard to find during this pandemic. However, the FDA is not advising people to make their own.
- It will not work if it is made incorrectly. Adding alcohol to other hand lotion products is not likely to work. Using it will make you feel safe when you’re not.
- So, use soap and water!
Are hand sanitizers dangerous?
Hand sanitizers contain alcohol that will make children and pets sick.
- Children can get alcohol poisoning by drinking only a small amount of hand sanitizer.
- But, they will not get sick if they eat with or lick their hands after using hand sanitizer.
Here are some tips to avoid getting sick from hand sanitizers.
- Do not drink hand sanitizer.
- Keep hand sanitizer away from children and pets.
- Make sure that children only use hand sanitizer with an adult present.
Call the Poison Control at (800) 222-1222, right away, if your child drinks hand sanitizer by accident.