Stay Healthy with Hand Gels and Soap

Use hand gels and wash your hands often to stay healthy.

For Your Health

Hand in Hand

Stay healthy during the holidays with hand sanitizers and soap!

-Carolyn French

hand washingThough sticking to the old soap and water method is recommended when you find yourself in a particularly grimy situation, hand gels are best for battling the cold and flu season.

Just ask George Bush, who – upon meeting Barack Obama for the very first time in 2005 – shook the man’s hand and then quickly turned to an assistant who was standing by with a generous squirt of sanitizer, according to Obama’s book Audacity of Hope. “Good stuff,” Bush stated. “Keeps you from getting colds.” See?

A recent study actually found that Americans spend about $98 million per year on sanitizer alone, so we’re doing good on the germ-killing front.

Companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and Reckitt Benckiser have taken notice of the amount spent on antibacterial wipes and disinfecting gels and are trying to appeal to consumers because of it. “There has been a wave of new antibacterial product launches that are tapping into the consumer’s fear of germs that they can’t see,” the market research firm Mintel disclosed.

To help protect yourself against everything from a common cold virus to super hazardous bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, the CDC advises washing your hands for at least 20 seconds whenever possible. If soap is not easily accessible, or if you are in a not-so-sanitary enviornment, make a grab for those alcohol hand rubs!

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