Hand Sanitizer Misuse?

Yahoo! posted a video report from Steve Brown with Fox News. The video describes two dangers of the misuse of hand sanitizer but omits a third. Brown correctly points out that alcohol based hand sanitizers are dangerous in high levels to children and in 2006 alone, over 12,000 cases of alcohol poisoning were reported. He is also correct in reporting that alcohol based hand sanitizers are flammable and a quick search of the term hand sanitizer on youtube will show endless demonstrations of this potential danger.

Should I clean my children's hands with Hand Sanitizer? Is it really that dangerous?

asked by Florion in Drugs & Medicine | 3675 views | 10-27-2009 at 09:18 PM

It removes the oils off your hands and can make dry skin or eczema worse, but hand soap does the same thing.

But, hand sanitizers can be unreliable. They only removes 99% of germs. So that 1% antibacterial-resistant germ that the hand sanitizer didn't kill is quickly reproducing over and over again on your hands.

Hand soap and water safely wash away germs.

answered by Rudolph | 10-27-2009 at 09:19 PM

The problem with sanitizer misuse is that it kills all bacteria -- even the good stuff that helps us fight off infection. It definitely has it's place and should be used in some situations, BUT the general misuse by most people will eventually make the bad bacteria mutate into something stronger that will hit us harder when we do get sick.

Hand sanitizers kill 99.99 percent of viruses and bacteria, but that other 0.01 percent can include some serious germs. Additionally, not all hand sanitizers are the same.

answered by Sandra | 10-27-2009 at 09:21 PM

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