Is hand sanitizer good for you?

Hand sanitizer is an alcohol-based product used to kill germs on the skin.

Hand sanitizer contains 60-95% alcohol.  It can also contain glycerol to prevent skin drying, benzalkonium, triclosan, and other ingredients.

Hand sanitizer is flammable.

Hand sanitizer kills many types of bacteria, as well as tuberculosis and viruses such as the flu virus, cold virus and HIV.

The FDA has stated that there is no proof that hand sanitizer is superior to soap and water, and that some of its ingredients may lead to health risk.  “Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread go germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are better than plain soap and water,” the director of the FDA stated.

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