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Hand Sanitizers: Safe, Harmful, What's the Deal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 17, 2012 at 9:04 PM

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?

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on December 18, 2012
at 12:31 AM

MRSA, methicillin-resistent staph aureus. Staph that's adapted to all antibiotics. It's even in the soil in some places, scary shit.

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on December 17, 2012
at 11:24 PM

Matt - Why would you recommend NOT sanitizing the grocery carts and baskets before shopping? What is your reasoning? Also, what does the acronym MRSA stand for?

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on December 17, 2012
at 09:13 PM

Thanks for asking this question! I use sugar-free vodka, but only for very serious occasions. I think we should have some germs on our hands.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 17, 2012
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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.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on December 17, 2012
at 11:24 PM

Matt - Why would you recommend NOT sanitizing the grocery carts and baskets before shopping? What is your reasoning? Also, what does the acronym MRSA stand for?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 18, 2012
at 12:31 AM

MRSA, methicillin-resistent staph aureus. Staph that's adapted to all antibiotics. It's even in the soil in some places, scary shit.

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on December 18, 2012
at 03:55 AM

I think keep yourself healthy and your body will take care of the rest :)

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