With the overall fear of bacteria, the flu, germs, etc. you can find hand sanitizer practically everywhere; dispensers on the walls, tubs in the office, and lining the the shelves of health and beauty at the department stores. I know everyone in my office has a small dispenser at his/her desk.
However, I would like to know, 1) how safe hand sanitizer really is? 2) Are their health risks to using this anti-microbial substance? 3) Or is it completely harmless for daily use? 4) If it is harmful, what is a good alterative if you don't have easy access to a sink?
asked byPrimalFit_D (1047)
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on December 17, 2012
at 09:24 PM
Alcohol-based anti-microbials are probably fine, hand sanitizers and other products with things like triclosan probably are to be avoided.
VB brings up a good point about the modern germophobia. I do think that there are plenty of good bacteria around and that indiscriminate use of anti-microbials can do a lot of harm. However, we now live in a world where MRSA is commonplace. I think a little vigilance at places like the grocery store might not be a terrible idea. I know I've always shook my head at those folks who spend 5 minutes wiping down their cart with a hand sanitizer before shopping, and certainly don't think twice about the basket I use when I shop... but given the nasty bugs that are developing and becoming quite common, it's something to think about.