Some people use hand sanitizer regularly, for being able to clean off contamination when they are out and about. Others have started using it recently with the Coronavirus outbreak around the world. In fact, it is a hard time for most to be able to find hand sanitizer to purchase right now with store shelves being emptied. To be effective, hand sanitizer needs to have at least 60% alcohol. But the question is, is hand sanitizing a good alternative to washing your hands? Well, as with everything, it depends greatly on how you do it. A thorough rub down with hand sanitizer can kill the virus, but you need to make sure you cover the entire surface of your hands, and that you keep going until your hands are dry again.

While hand sanitizing is a good alternative if you don’t have access to a sink, washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water will still be your best option.