Hand sanitizers can play a vital role in keeping us healthy and controlling the spread of infections. Practicing good hand hygiene by washing hands with soap frequently and using hand sanitizers is a very effective way to stay healthy.

There are however a few common myths surrounding hand sanitizers and it is important for us to dispel those myths.

Myth 1: Using hand sanitizers can cause antibiotic resistance

A common myth is that hand sanitizers can cause antibiotic resistance. The fact is that antibiotics are ingested and therefore have a different working mechanism than hand sanitizers. Hand sanitizers do kill a lot of germs but they don’t leave any residue on the skin for people to develop resistance.

Myth 2: All Germs are the same

The truth is there are resident germs which reside on all layers of our skin. A separate type of germs is transient organisms. These are germs which can be acquired by touching something and can be transmitted inside your body or to someone else. Hand sanitizers kill the illness causing transient organisms.

Myth 3: Hand Sanitizers don’t cause super germs

Hand sanitizers don’t leave any residue on the skin for germs to become resistant or what people call Super germs.

Myth 4: Hand Sanitizers contain triclosan

The fact is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the use of triclosan from any products left on the skin. Therefore hand sanitizers don’t contain any triclosan.

Myth 5: Hand Sanitizers can dry out your skin

The formulation of hand sanitizers is important and they are usually developed to be used regularly without damaging your skin. 

Our professionals at Service Master Elite Cleaning Service believe that regularly using hand sanitizers can help keep you and your family healthy. We hope that these myths do not discourage you from using sanitizers since good hand hygiene is a great measure to reduce the spread of infections and illness causing germs.