Hand sanitizers are a great option if you're not able to wash your hands with soap and water. Hand sanitizers have many positives, however, they are not effective if organic matter (dirt, food, or other material) is visible on hands. If your hands are visibly dirty, wash your hands with soap and water.

https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/handhygiene/index.html

Benefits of waterless hand sanitizer:

-require less time than hand washing

-act quickly to kill microorganisms on hands

-are more accessible than sinks

-reduce bacterial counts on hands

-do not promote antimicrobial resistance

-are less irritating to skin than soap and water

Cleaning hands with hand sanitizer:

1. Choose a sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.

2. Start with dry, clean hands.

When hands are heavily soiled or greasy, hand sanitizers may not work well.

3. Apply a dime-sized amount of hand sanitizer to the palm of one hand.

4. Rub hand sanitizer all over hands until dry.

! Don't touch anything until your hands are dry.

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