Hand Sanitizers Do Not Replace Soap and Water

It seems like almost everywhere you go these days, there’s a big dispenser of hand sanitizer hanging on the wall. Alcohol-based sanitizers are very effective at killing many germs that make us sick, and they’re a great option when soap and water aren’t available. They come in the form of gels, liquids, foams, mists or wipes and usually contain a form of alcohol as the active ingredient. However, sanitizers have their limits and do not eliminate all types of germs.

 Hand washing with soap and water is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses–the major causes of foodborne illness. In the food service industry, workers’ hands are often wet and contaminated with food, fatty materials, feces and blood which can significantly reduce the effectiveness of a hand sanitizer. Alcohol-based sanitizers can’t cut through that grime. FDA Food Code states that hand sanitizers should primarily be used only as an optional follow-up to traditional hand washing with soap and water.

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