Health: 6 top reasons NOT to use hand sanitizers often!

Hand sanitizers shouldn’t replace regular antibacterial handwash and water and a lot of people are guilty of this (I know I am). Some
people have form the habit of using hand sanitizers so much it become a
second by second application thing but contrary to what people
think/believe in between claims by top hand sanitizers brands not all
kill germs! Some of them do (kill germs) but not all types do.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer used for illustrative purposes
(Business Insider)

See top reasons why you should use hand sanitizers less.
1. Bacterial Resistance
use of hand sanitizers can cause antibiotic resistance for bacteria,
increasing the amount of bacteria growing resistance to the substance in
the body which can potentially result into serious health issues. if
you must use hand sanitizer sparingly, use one that comes labeled as
2. Risk of Alcohol poisoning
sanitizers become harmful to the body when they contain around 65%
Ethyl alcohol which become extremely poisonous when taken in any way.
They are also known to trigger asthma attacks especially ones that
contain rubbing alcohol.
3. It doesn’t clean anyways!
sanitizers shouldn’t replace clean water and soap or handwash as they
are not meant  for dirty hands! If the hands are really dirty, hand
sanitizers won’t remove all the dirt, grimes and germs. Wash hands with
soap/handwash and water as hand sanitizers should be used only when soap
and water are not handy.

Slathering on hand sanitizer

Slathering on hand sanitizer
(Flickr/Jade Jackson)

4. Parabens
hand sanitizers contain parabens that come with a lot of health scares
including cancer, skin irritation and other toxic shock syndrome in the
long run. Hand sanitizers containing common Parabens like Methylparaben,
Propylparaben, Butylparaben should be avoided.

5. Doesn’t work against some germs
all germs are gotten rid of by hand sanitizers as they can be highly
ineffective for protecting people against some types of germs.
6. Toxic Fragrance
hand sanitizers come with fragrance which can be toxic as they contain
Phthalates, a compound used to make fragrance last longer. It is
especially scary because they are unregulated leaving little or no room
to ‘measure’ the amount of chemical used for the fragrance. Phthalates 
have been linked to respiratory issues, allergies and skin irritations.
always better to use hand sanitizer that comes with fragrance. Using
hand sanitizers continuously has also been linked to immune system
damage as it destroy both the good and bad bacteria leaving the system
prone to a lot of risks.

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Written by Ike Ani

Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.


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