How safe is your hand sanitizer?

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This is what you need to know about your little bottle you keep at home, at work or walk with in your bag.

Doctors have revealed reasons to why you need to pay close attention to the details on your hand sanitizer bottle and how using expired products could render them almost ineffective.

According to research, the average shelf life of hand sanitizer is somewhere between two and three years. Therefore if you unable to read the font on your sanitizer maybe because it’s rubbed off, then chances are, it’s time to toss it because it might have expired.

The active ingredients are only guaranteed effective until the expiration date. However, there are no clear visual signs of expiration so checking the label is the only reliable way to tell if that bottle deserves to be tossed.

We have seen in the past weeks sales of sanitizer rise as people rush to get their hands on antibacterial products to prevent rapid spread of coronavirus. Doctors have stated that using an expired sanitizer it’s not recommendable because its active ingredient which is alcohol, once exposed to air even indirectly through the protective bottle, it becomes less effective.

According to experts, both hand washing and hand sanitizer should be observed as your goal being always washing your hands. This is mainly because hand sanitizer do not get rid of all germs and they may not be as effective when your hands are dirty or greasy.

It is recommended to wash your hands at frequent intervals to stay healthy and everyone is advised to follow the following steps below to ensure they are washing their hands the right way.

1. Wet your hands with clean, running water either warm or cold, then turn off the tap and apply soap.

2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap, lather the backs of your hands between your fingers and under your nails.

3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. However this is a step where many people might be falling to adhere to.

4. Rinse your hands well under clean running water.

5. Use a clean towel to dry your hands or air dry them.

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