How It Works: Cleaning Hands with Waterless Hand Sanitizer

Components to cleaning hands with waterless hand sanitizers (also known as handrubs), the proper technique, and how hand sanitizers work.

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Components
Technique
How it works

Components:

  • Two components
    1. Waterless hand sanitizer
    2. Friction

Technique:

  • Four steps:
    1. Make sure all organic matter is removed from hands.
      All visible organic matter (for example: dirt) must be removed from hands prior to applying waterless hand sanitizer.
    2. Apply a dime sized amount of waterless hand sanitizer to the palm of one hand or use a waterless hand sanitizer wipe.
    3. Rub hands together covering all surfaces of hands and fingers.
    4. Rub until waterless hand sanitizer is absorbed.

How it works:

  • Waterless hand sanitizer provides several advantages over hand washing with soap and water. However, they are not effective if organic matter (dirt, food, or other material) is visible on hands.
  • Benefits of waterless hand sanitizer:
    • require less time than hand washing
    • act quickly to kill microorganisms on hands
    • are more accessible than sinks
    • reduce bacterial counts on hands
    • do not promote antimicrobial resistance
    • are less irritating to skin than soap and water
    • some can even improve condition of skin

Updated Monday, 06-Jan-2014 08:24:15 CST