Because of COVID-19, hand sanitizer has become an incredibly essential household item. However, these heightened discussions about hand-washing and sanitizing to reduce the risk of infection have highlighted how many mistakes people make when using hand sanitizer that dilutes its effectiveness.
To dive into the subject, Dr. Ginde participated in an interview with LIVESTRONG.com. If you’re curious about one of the mistakes, check out this excerpt from the article:
Don’t be modest when squeezing out the sanitizer.
“I recommend adults use an amount of hand sanitizer that is at least the size of a quarter to rub on their hands,” says Savita Ginde, MD, MPH, chief health care officer with Stride Community Health Center, which operates several health clinics in Denver.
Keep the quarter-sized amount in mind, but also consult the instructions on the bottle, since some will recommend using a smaller or greater amount. (Also, if you have very large hands, perhaps you’ll need to opt for a bigger quantity.)
Not squirting out enough hand sanitizer leads to the next potential problem.