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Report: Hand Sanitizer Could Be Toxic
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on October 17, 2013 @ 7:30PM
Created on October 17, 2013 @ 6:35PM

While it's a great way to clean your hands on the go, some experts are saying you may want to watch out when it comes to using hand sanitizer.

Some are saying not only is it ineffective, it could also be toxic.

The new claim is that no matter how clean your hands may feel after you use hand sanitizer, your hands are still dirty. Some experts say it could even lower your resistance to disease.

They say one of the main antibacterial ingredients in non-alcoholic hand sanitizers could harm your immune system. The FDA is reviewing it right now to see if this is true.

Experts recommend instead to get a hand sanitizer that's alcohol based instead. They're fairly effective and safe. If your hands are really dirty, old-fashioned soap and water is the best way to go.

Some people said they love hand sanitizer and they make sure to stick to one with an alcohol base.

Barbour County resident Karla Hively said, "If your hands are visibly soiled, then definitely soap and water is better. Otherwise, hand sanitizer is perfect for the job. It's in the console of my car and the cup holder. I use it every time I pump gas, all day at work. I have my kids carrying it. It's great."

One health official said alcohol-based hand sanitizer's a great way to stay clean on the go.

It's a great tool in a hospital environment. If you're a hand sanitizer fan, you definitely still want to remember to wash your hands with soap and water too.

Misti Shine, an infection preventionist at Davis Memorial Hospital, said, "I would certainly recommend anyone that their hands are visibly soiled that they would wash with soap and water because you need to get those particles off your hands. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a quick and convenient way to get your hands clean if they're not visibly soiled."

Experts also say if you like to use hand sanitizer, make sure to use lotion. This will keep your hands from getting cracked.


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