Does Hand Sanitizer Actually Work?
While you should still use soap and water, hand sanitizer is actually extremely effective at removing germs. It can remove an average of 97.72% of bacteria when used correctly, with the alcohol-based versions working particularly well.
This data comes from the microbiologists at Vivo Clinical Testing, a specialized lab in Texas that tests the antiseptics used by hospitals and medical facilities throughout the country. In 2017, Vivo tested five sanitizers from Quality Logo Products® to see how well they killed a bacterium called S. aureus. This bacterium, if left untreated, can lead to serious bloodstream or respiratory infections down the road.
Here are the results of Vivo Clinical Testing's 2017 study:
Cozy Clip Hand Sanitizer
Sani Mist Antibacterial Pocket Sprayer
Antibacterial Wet Wipes
Alcohol-free Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Gel
*Data courtesy of Vivo Clinical Testing, 2017.
Full study conducted for use by Quality Logo Products®.
The sanitizers that were tested eliminated most of the S. aureus bacteria, with the alcohol-based versions being particularly effective. It took only about 16 seconds for all the sanitizers to work their magic, with an average reduction in germs of 97.72%.
Overall, Vivo's study shows that hand sanitizer can remove a large majority of the bacteria on your hands. This is a great alternative if soap and water aren't available