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February 24, 2021 1 min read

Experts say the best protection against the flu is vaccination, but we still need to be hyper-vigilant in hand hygiene too, to help stop the spread of the flu. Thorough hand washing is still the most effective way to clean your hands, but hand sanitizer is your next-best on-the-go option when hand washing isn’t available. Let’s dive in and see how effective hand sanitizer is at killing the flu:

The basics
Your hand sani must be at least 60% ethanol alcohol. OLIKA’s formula contains 65%! Hand sanitizers without 60-95% alcohol may not defend against all germs, and only reduce the growth of germs rather than kill them. If you’re currently carting around an ineffective sani, make the switch to an OLIKA clip-on!

Alcohol-based sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on your hands, but remember that sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Why not? The biggest hand sani faux pas is that people may not be using enough sanitizer, or may wipe it off before it has dried and finished its job.

How to use
OLIKA’s hydrating hand sanitizers are designed to be ergonomic, refillable, and have 15x more uses than similar sized gels. Unlike goopy gels, a little OLIKA goes a long way. Gel hand sanitizers tend to be sticky and messy, prompting people to wipe it off before it dries and is effective.


Remember luv, hand sanitizer is only one part of flu-fighting hand hygiene. Whenever you can, be sure to scrub up with hot water and hand soap for at least 20 seconds!


Sources:
https://www.singlecare.com/blog/hand-sanitizer-kill-the-flu/  
https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html


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