Would I recommend it to a friend?
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Germ-X is a line of antibacterial products for hands and common areas. It’s marketed as a way to help keep your entire family germ-free and healthy. There are many hand sanitizers on the market, so what would make you choose Germ-X over the generic brand?
Keeping your hands clean is not just for germaphobes, it’s something all of us should do in order to keep ourselves healthy and prevent the spread of germs. It’s been said that you unconsciously touch your face several hundred times per day, so the hands can serve as a conduit, bringing germs right to your mouth, eyes, and nose leading to illness. There are generic versions of the hand sanitizer available in every supermarket, so we really wanted to know if it works better than the cheaper versions.
They say that it’s faster to clean your hands with Germ-X, and that it takes an average of just 15 seconds compared to a minute with soap and water. They also say that it kills the germs that make you sick, and that you don’t need to use any water, you don’t need to rinse, and you don’t need to towel off in order to use it. They say it kills 99.99% of germs. They have to keep working on what 0.01% of which survives the attack.
Hand sanitizers peaked a few years ago when everyone was using them, and they started appearing in places where hand sanitizer makes sense, like grocery stores, airports, and restaurants. They’ve died down in recent years, and you don’t see people using them as often as they once did. It still makes sense to keep it handy, as the classic case of having it and not using it is better than needing it and not having it.
The cost of Germ-X is very nominal, but you have to consider that they are selling a product that is an add-on to hand soap and other bathroom necessities, so they can’t charge too much for it or people wouldn’t buy it. Also, it’s a consumable product, so you’ll have to buy it again and again, setting them up for recurring income if they can make a product that everyone likes.
The way that it’s recommended to use hand sanitizer is to first wash and dry your hands, and then apply it. This means that if you’re using it the way it was intended it’s going to represent an extra step to the hand cleaning process. But many times it’s used in a pinch, when washing your hands isn’t really an option, so in this case it can represent no extra commitment on your part, and you’ll likely be glad that you had it handy so you can have cleaner hands without having to wash them.
The Germ-X product line is constantly evolving and seems to have a version for every conceivable scenario. They have travel sized packs for when you’re on the go, they have larger sizes for at-home use, they have wipes in case you don’t like using the liquid. Reviews around the world have been very supportive that Germ-X works and works well.
Do not try this at home:
Studies have shown that using antibacterial products might actually lead to getting sick more often, just with more advanced strains of viruses as they become immune to the sanitizer you’re using. That’s why it’s a better idea to use them as a last resort, or when there are no other options, and not as your sole means of defense against germs and bacteria.
The final review of the Germ-X
The Germ-X product line receives our Thumbs Up rating, they work for sure and contain the right amount of active ingredients to be effective. They’ve done a good job of anticipating the different situations you might find yourself in, and they’ve developed different products for specific scenarios. Each of their various items receives high ratings from users, and you can use any of them as a reliable tool for killing germs.
That said, the active ingredients in generic store brands will be the same and the effect will also be the same. You don’t really have to pay a premium to get Germ-X over another lesser-known brand at a smaller price. But many users say that Germ-X is preferable because of the way your hands feel when you’re finished, and there are some products like the wipes that don’t have a generic offering yet.
Keeping yourself healthy and germ-free requires a multi-layered approach. Not only do you want to make sure that your hands are clean as much as possible, including sanitizing them when they’ve been through an especially germy situation, but from the inside as well, with a healthy and strong immune system.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about hand hygiene on the hand hygiene FAQ page.
The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water whenever possible, as hand washing reduces the amount of all kinds of germs and chemicals on your hands. But if soap and water aren’t available, using hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Guidelines for effective hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers in communities have been developed based on data from a large number of studies.
Note: For tips on hand hygiene in healthcare facilities, visit the Clean Hands Count website.
How come?Soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers at removing certain types of germs, such asCryptosporidium, norovirus andClostridium difficile 1-5. While alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be very effective in deactivating many types of microbes when used correctly 1-15, people may not use enough disinfectants or clean them before they dry 14.
How come? Many studies show that hand sanitizers work well in clinical settings, such as hospitals, where hands are in contact with germs but are generally not very dirty or greasy 16. Some data also show that hand sanitizers can work. good against some types of germs on lightly soiled hands17,18. However, hands can become very greasy or dirty in public places, such as after people have eaten, played sports, gardening, camping, or fishing. When your hands are very dirty or greasy, hand sanitizers may not work well 3,7,16. In such circumstances it is recommended to hand wash with soap and water.
How come? Although little research has been done, hand sanitizers likely cannot remove or deactivate many types of harmful chemicals. In one study, people who reported using hand sanitizers to clean their hands had high levels of pesticides in their bodies 19. If your hands come into contact with harmful chemicals, wash them thoroughly with soap and water (or as indicated by a poison control center).
How come? Numerous studies have shown that hand sanitizers with an alcohol concentration of 60-95% alcohol are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or alcohol-free hand sanitizers 16,20. Hand sanitizers without 60-95% alcohol 1) may not work as well against many types of germs; and 2) they simply limit the growth of germs, rather than killing them altogether.
How come?The steps for applying hand sanitizer follow the simplified procedure recommended by CDC 21. It has been found that instructing people to cover all surfaces of both hands with a hand sanitizer provides similar efficacy to disinfection such as provide detailed steps to wipe hand sanitizer 22.
How come?Hand sanitizers based on ethyl alcohol (ethanol) are safe when used as directed, 23 but can cause alcohol intoxication if a person ingests more than a few mouthfuls 24.
We can stop the spread of COVID-19 by regularly washing our hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing our nose. If soap and water are not available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend using alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Rub the hand sanitizer all over your hands, making sure it is applied between the fingers and on the back of the hand. Do not clean or rinse any hand sanitizer until it is dry. Do not use a hand sanitizer if your hands are visibly dirty or greasy; instead, wash your hands with soap and water.
If you’re using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, keep these safety tips in mind.
Hand sanitizers are drugs
Hand sanitizers are regulated as over-the-counter (non-prescription) drugs by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration. If you’re using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, read and follow the drug fact label, especially the warnings section.
Tenere il disinfettante per le mani fuori dalla portata di animali domestici e bambini e i bambini dovrebbero usarlo solo sotto la supervisione di un adulto. Call your doctor or poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222 if you have a severe reaction to hand sanitizer.
Keep the hand sanitizer away from the eyes
Be especially careful not to get hand sanitizer in your eyes as this may cause burns and damage to the surface of the eye. Watch children around hand sanitizer dispensers, which are often mounted at eye level and can splash.
If you get a hand sanitizer, rinse your eyes with water as soon as possible and call your doctor or poison control center.
Use a hand sanitizer in a well-ventilated area
If you are using hand sanitizer in an enclosed area such as a car, open the windows to improve ventilation until the hand sanitizer is dry.
Supervise children who use hand sanitizer
Do not drink hand sanitizer. This is especially important with young children, especially young children, who may be attracted to the pleasant smell or colored bottles of hand sanitizer. Drinking even a small amount of hand sanitizer can cause alcohol intoxication in children. (But you don’t have to worry if your kids eat or lick their hands after using hand sanitizer.)
Poison control centers have seen an increase in reports of accidental hand sanitizer ingestion during this coronavirus pandemic, so it’s important for adults to monitor children’s use.
Be careful with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, which are packaged in containers that may look like food or drinks, and with those that contain food flavors or odors. The FDA has discovered that some hand sanitizers are being packaged in children’s food pouches, water bottles, and adult beverage bottles, such as beer cans, and liquor and wine bottles.
We also found hand sanitizers that contain food flavors or fragrances, such as chocolate or raspberry. Eating or drinking these products can cause serious injury or death.
Do not allow pets to swallow hand sanitizer. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially dangerous, call your vet or animal poison control center immediately.
Hand sanitizer is flammable
Keep the hand sanitizer away from heat and flames. When using a hand sanitizer, rub your hands until they feel completely dry, before doing anything that may involve heat, sparks, static electricity, or open flame.
Check out the FDA’s list of bans
During testing, the FDA found serious concerns about the safety of some hand sanitizers. This includes some hand sanitizers:
- contaminated with potentially toxic types of alcohol
- that do not contain enough active ingredient (ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol)
- with labels that contain false, misleading or unproven claims
Before you buy hand sanitizer or use hand sanitizer you have at home, check the FDA’s do-not-use list at www. fda. government list / hand sanitizer list. The list is updated regularly as new information becomes available.
Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects associated with the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting program:
- Complete and submit an online report.
- Download the form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request an application form, then fill it out and send it back to the form or fax it to 1-800-FDA-0178.
Don’t make your own hand sanitizer
The FDA doesn’t recommend that consumers make their own hand sanitizer. Improperly made hand sanitizer can be ineffective, or worse. For example, there have been reports of skin burns from a household hand sanitizer.
Also, adding alcohol to a non-alcoholic hand sanitizer is unlikely to provide an effective product. And using disinfectant sprays or wipes on the skin can irritate the skin and eyes. Disinfectant sprays and wipes are designed to clean surfaces, not people or animals.
Hand sanitizers are a convenient alternative when handwashing with soap and water isn’t possible. You can help protect yourself and your family from coronavirus with simple hygiene. For more information, visit: Q&A for Consumers: Hand Sanitizers and COVID-19. Test your knowledge of hand sanitizers by taking the hand sanitizer quiz.
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