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Are you using hand sanitiser properly?
Wednesday, 24 June · 2 min read

If you're now getting out and about more, cleaning your hands regularly with either soap and water or hand sanitiser is important to protect yourself from infections like coronavirus.

But are you using the right kind of sanitiser -- and are you using it correctly?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol.

But you shouldn't use it when your hands are visibly dirty or greasy -- instead use soap and water as soon as possible.

The best way to apply hand sanitiser is to:

  • put enough sanitiser on your hands to cover everywhere
  • take time to rub it in between your fingers, around your nails and on the back of your hands
  • rub until your hands feel dry, which should take about 20 seconds

A new study published by the CDC, however, recommends using hand sanitiser for 30 seconds.

If you remove any sanitiser before your hands feel dry, it may not be as effective at killing germs.

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