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Hand Sanitizer vs. Soap and Water



Learn the key differences in hand sanitizer versus soap and water and which is better.

Soap and Water

Soap and water are always the best option, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Handwashing for a least 20 seconds will reduce the amount of germs and chemicals of all kinds.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is a good option only when soap and water aren't available. But sanitizers don't eliminate all types of germs that can make you sick and they're not as good at removing harmful chemicals such as pesticides and heavy metals. Besides that, many people don't use enough sanitizer or they wipe it off before it has time to dry.

The information in this article was accurate as of March 16, 2020.