Al asked in HealthOther - Health · 1 month ago

which is more effective in killing germs hand sanitizer or soap?

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both say they kill 99.9% of germs, what is the difference between the two?

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  • 1 month ago

    you should be washing your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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  • 1 month ago

    "chemicals" are toxic cleaners

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  • 1 month ago

    It depends on, where the germs are. A hand sanitizer or soap cannot kill the germs of deep wounds. To ensure that hands are germ-free, cleaning hands for 2-3 minutes with good, such as Dettol or Savlon, soap is advisable.

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  • 1 month ago

    CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The guidance for effective handwashing and use of hand sanitizer in community settings was developed based on data from a number of studies.

    Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

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  • Edna
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    1 month ago

    One is no more effective at killing germs than the other - they're both just soap. Hand sanitizer is soap with a harsh alcohol base added. Many people like to use hand sanitizers when they're out and about simply because they're convenient to use.

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  • 1 month ago

    they are probably very similar, in that they contain bacteria killing substances.  Washing your hands with soap and warm/hot water, will help remove bacteria, which gets washed away.

    If your in a place with no running water, then hand sanitser is the next best thing.

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  • 1 month ago

    Soap. Hand sanitizer is not meant to kill germs but sort of deactivate them for a while

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  • 1 month ago

    probably the sanitizer

    • Edna
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      1 month agoReport

      Hand soap and hand sanitizer are both just soap. One is no better than the other.

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  • 1 month ago

    Soap and water is the most effective way to kill bacteria. Hand sanitizer sanitizes your hands (obviously) but it doesn't actually clean them. Hand sanitizer works by only removing the outer layer of oil on your skin, therefore all the sweat, grease and dirt on your hands is not solved. Soap and water, however, is designed to remove the bacteria from your hands, not just kill it. Soap and water gets all the dirt and grease off of your hands along with the bacteria living in it.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    research has shown that when using soap the bacteria take much longer to return 

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