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CDC Recommendations for Hand Hygiene

IMPORTANCE OF HAND HYGIENE

Did you know that most people touch their face about 23 times an hour?1 That’s about once every 3 minutes, and most of those touches involve the eyes, nose, or mouth. Considering that the current COVID-19 illness is spread via these mucous membranes, it is highly important to wash your hands prior to touching your face.

WHEN & HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS

In particular, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends washing your hands during these situations:

  • Food preparation & eating
  • Using the restroom
  • Changing a diaper
  • Touching an animal
  • Touching pet food or waste
  • Touching garbage
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Caring for an ill patient
  • Treating a wound
  • Being out in public, especially during the COVID pandemic2

Also, it’s not enough to just “rinse & go.” In order to truly sanitizer and prevent the spread of germs, proper hand washing requires you to lather your wet hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying.2 A good rule of thumb is to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. This applies to adults & children of all ages. Heavily soiled or greased hands will require extra lathering and rinsing.

WHEN & HOW TO USE HAND SANITIZER

When soap & water are not available, hand sanitizer is the next best option. Be sure to select a sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, which the CDC recommends for disinfectant purposes.3 Sanitizers with less than 60% alcohol (as well as non-alcohol based sanitizers) are less effective at killing germs, and may merely reduce their growth rather than kill them outright.

Rx Cleanse hand sanitizers contain 70% alcohol, for a stronger antimicrobial action. Lab studies have shown that alcohol-based hand sanitizers are effective against the flu virus, including the SARS-CoV-2 responsible for COVID (AKA the novel Coronavirus).4

For maximum efficiency, be sure to apply enough hand sanitizer to cover both hands, and rub thoroughly until dry (usually about 20 seconds). Use a similar motion to lathering with soap & water. DO NOT rinse off or wipe the sanitizer from your hands. It must fully dry on its own and remain on your hands in order to effectively kill viruses and bacteria.

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Premium antibacterial hand sanitizer gel, enhanced with moisturizing aloe vera, naturally antiseptic tea tree oil, and lightly scented with peppermint oil.

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1 Gallon Bottle RXCleanse Hand Sanitizer

Premium antibacterial hand sanitizer gel, enhanced with moisturizing aloe vera, naturally antiseptic tea tree oil, and lightly scented with peppermint oil.

Made with 70% (non-toxic) Ethyl Alcohol - Above CDC Minimum Requirements to Help Eliminate Germs, Bacteria, and other Viral Pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2.


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1 Gallon Bottle RXCleanse Hand Sanitizer

Premium antibacterial hand sanitizer gel, enhanced with moisturizing aloe vera, naturally antiseptic tea tree oil, and lightly scented with peppermint oil.

Made with 70% (non-toxic) Ethyl Alcohol - Above CDC Minimum Requirements to Help Eliminate Germs, Bacteria, and other Viral Pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2.


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1 Gallon Bottle RXCleanse Hand Sanitizer

Premium antibacterial hand sanitizer gel, enhanced with moisturizing aloe vera, naturally antiseptic tea tree oil, and lightly scented with peppermint oil.

Made with 70% (non-toxic) Ethyl Alcohol - Above CDC Minimum Requirements to Help Eliminate Germs, Bacteria, and other Viral Pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2.


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FOR HOSPITALS & LARGE ORGANIZATIONS

Surprisingly, the CDC prefers hand sanitizers over hand washing in clinical situations, due to higher compliance compared to traditional hand washing. Studies have shown that people are more likely to use hand sanitizer than regularly wash their hands, in which case sanitizers are crucial for preventing the spread of germs.

This practice translates to non-clinical settings as well. Retailers, office buildings, and other public spaces are increasingly offering hand sanitizers to their employees and customers, as hand washing is not always available or practical. Traditional soap & water is still recommended for heavily soiled or greasy hands, but alcohol-based sanitizers are effective in most other general situations. A formula consisting of at least 60% alcohol is recommended by the CDC.

SANITIZER USE IN SMALL CHILDREN

While hand sanitizer is safe for young children, it can cause alcohol poisoning if swallowed in several mouthfuls. Hand sanitizer is for topical use only, and may not be ingested. Please store hand sanitizer out of reach of children, and monitor its use while children apply it to their hands. Young children may use a small drop of hand sanitizer in their palm, and rub it thoroughly to cover all the surfaces of both hands. They must wait until the sanitizer is fully dry (about 20 seconds) before touching other surfaces, especially their eyes, nose, or mouth, as this may cause stinging. Young children must be instructed to never eat or taste hand sanitizer.5

INFECTION CONTROL

The CDC officially recommends the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers in its infection control measures.6 Sanitizers must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective in clinical settings. The CDC also recommends the use of hand sanitizer when traditional hand washing by soap & water is not available or practical. Rx Cleanse hand sanitizer contains 70% alcohol, more than the required minimum alcohol content for antibacterial properties.