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Handy hand sanitizer tips

Hand sanitizer is a seemingly simple product to use. Just pour a small amount into the palm of your hand, quickly rub together and then you’re germ free, right? Not exactly. Believe it or not, there’s actually a right and wrong way to use this liquid germ fighter.

Clean first, then disinfect. The purpose of hand sanitizer is to disinfect, not clean your hands. So before you apply, make sure your hands are free of dirt, oil and residue. And here’s why: dirt on your hands acts as a barrier to your skin, so when your hands are dirty, the hand sanitizer can’t reach your skin to do its job.

No skimping! When it comes to hand sanitizer, less is not more. Not using enough hand sanitizer is one of the most common application mistakes. Apply enough to thoroughly cover all surfaces of your wrists, hands, fingers (make sure you get in between your fingers, too) and nails.

Take your time. Rub your hands until the hand sanitizer is absorbed and your hands are dry—about 30 seconds should do the trick. Remember: wait for your hands to be completely dry before touching food or drink.

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