I imagine that you know the rest, right?
I am curious what you guys think about hand sanitizer. Do you think it is good, bad, overused, underused?
These days hand sanitizer seems to be the easier alternative to washing your hands. People don't wash their hands with good old fashioned soap and water. They pop out their bottle of Purell and away they go. It seems convenient but are there costs that we are not seeing. I tend to think so. I haven't done any studies and probably never will, I will leave that up for the scientists. But I did do a little research I didn't really find anything that I would trust my life with but some interesting facts.
Children growing up need to be exposed to all kids of germs as they are growing in order for them to have a strong immune system. So if we are constantly sanitizing everything that our children are touching, what are we doing to their immune systems. Are we dooming our children to weak immune systems. People that need to live in a germ free world, which we know isn't going to happen.
The food and drug administration says that hand sanitizer should only be used when washing you hands with soap and water is not possible. Also hand sanitizer should not be used if the hands are visibly soiled. Now in my mind, there are not a lot of places where you cannot get to a sink to wash your hand with soap and water. On this same vein of thinking, there are studies that show that the only way to effectively sanitize your hands is to wash them with soap and water.
In the long term, a concern is rising that bacteria, which are known to mutate, will become immune to anti-bacterials creating super-bacteria. That sounds bad and I don't want to get one.
One more thought that I have on the subject...Isn't the purpose of these products to cut down on sickness? People that I know who use hand sanitizers get sick just like me that won't use hand sanitizers. This doesn't make sense to me, does it to you?
Tell me what you think.