Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers Better Tolerated than Soap-and-Water Handwashing

According to a study published in the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology journal, using an alcohol hand gel is well tolerated and accepted by healthcare workers and does not result in skin irritation and dryness as compared with plain soap-and-water handwashing.

This study was conducted in a hospital setting with 32 nurses on 3 wards and designed to evaluate 2 hand hygiene regimens – the use of an alcohol hand gel and plain soap-and-water handwashing – in order to compare how frequently each of the regimens leads to skin irritation and dryness.

While plain soap-and-water handwashing was associated with an increase in both skin irritation and dryness, the alcohol hand gel was well accepted by the healthcare workers participating in the study.

Alcohol-based instant hand sanitizers, like TotallyPure, can be carried with you and kill 99.99% of germs that may cause illness in as little as 15-20 seconds, without water.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2000; 21: 442-448.