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Keep your Hands Clean – Three Alternatives to Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

Hand hygiene remains the most important measure to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Thus, the demand for alcohol-based hand sanitizers – as an alternative to washing hands with soap and water – has increased and now these products are hard to come by. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the alcohol-based hand sanitizer is only effective if it contains at least 60% alcohol, so make sure to check the label before purchasing.

Then, if you cannot find this product, these are some alternatives:

Antiseptic hand wipes
They also serve the purpose but be careful not to mistake them for baby wipes. Make sure that you are buying the anti-bacterial type.

Alcool "swab"
Swabs are pads saturated with alcohol 70%, usually sold in pharmacies and used in clinical analysis laboratories before injection, for example.

Antiseptic spray
It must contain chlorhexidine gluconate or just chlorhexidine. It can also be used to clean the hands

Remember that washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water is the most effective way to prevent the spread of the virus. You can use alcohol-based solutions to clean your hands if soap and water are not available, but they may be less effective if your hands are dirty.
If you are quarantining at home, there is no reason to store alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects.

According to the World Health Organization, washing your hands and disinfecting surfaces and objects that are frequently touched are the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the virus.


Keep your Hands Clean – Three Alternatives to Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer