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FDA Warns That Hand Sanitizers Aren't Foolproof

FDA Warns That Hand Sanitizers Aren't Foolproof

hand sanitizerDo you ever find yourself narrowly escaping a bad cold during the Winter months and then come Spring, wham bam a cold knocks you off your feet? It's the absolute worst. Many of us try to protect ourselves by religiously applying hand sanitizer during cold-prone months, but you should also keep a bottle in your purse for the Spring and Summer months too.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say that alcohol-based hand sanitizers help protect against MRSA and other germs, but the FDA is telling consumers not to buy hand sanitizers that claim to kill MRSA, E. coli, salmonella, flu, or other bacteria or viruses because over-the-counter antiseptic products may claim only that they "help reduce bacteria that potentially can cause disease." The CDC's advice? Wash your hands often with soap and water, and when you can't wash your hands, then use a hand sanitizer — you can even make your own.

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GummiBears GummiBears 4 years
Even though my mom is nurse and assured me that hand sanitizer are almost as good as washing your hands, I still prefer to wash my hands with soap and water because of the residue feeling which I loathe from hand sanitizers.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 4 years
I prefer to wash my hands. I lived in a country with hardly any running water and had no choice but to use sanitizer, it just didn't feel clean though.
amber512 amber512 4 years
No actually, I just wash my hands with soap and water.
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