By Paige Taylor

Lately, hand sanitizer has been all the rage from child to adult. From plain old Purell to Apple Cinnamon Pie monstrosities, both old and young have been sanitizing instead of washing. But is it really that helpful?
All the companies selling these new-found hygiene helpers claim to eliminate 99.99% of bacteria. But the thing is, most of that bacteria isn’t all that bad. Believe it or not, our bodies actually produce good bacteria that help carry out necessary life functions.

Even livestrong.com backs this up; “
Using hand sanitizers does not replace hand washing…If hands have visible dirt, these sanitizers don’t remove it very well.” Although many people may think that hand sanitizing products may help to make hands sparkling clean, it doesn’t even help with dirt. With this in mind, the average consumer needs to buy both soap AND hand sanitizer in order to achieve maximum hygiene. And, as we know, many consumers do not want to max out their cash on bubbles. So, if there’s a product which can potentially make someone ill, and is barely effective, why use it?

These recently-created chemical compounds ignore this objection. Due to the fact that hand sanitizer cannot distinguish good bacteria from bad, most of the helpful germs get wiped out while using this product. I’m not trashing the entire sanitizer product line, though; I know that the minute I walk into a hospital, I want at least 5 layers on my hands before I take another step.

However, it’s important to use these products in moderation. Like with any other cleaning product, it’s important that you don’t use an excessive amount of chemicals on your exposed skin. By using hand sanitizer very often, people can actually cause some serious health issues.

However, don’t let this article stop you from using obscurely-scented hand products. Just take it easy.

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