Hand Washing vs. Alcohol Rubs

Alcohol rubs or alcohol-based hand sanitizers are the best alternative to hand washing, especially when soap and water are not available. However, some experts claim that using these products too much may result to the bacteria becoming resistant to their antibacterial properties. It is therefore suggested that as much as possible, hands should be washed with soap and water as this process is just as effective in removing bacteria from the hand and, at the same time, preventing dryness of the skin from too much exposure to alcohol.