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Why You Should Cleanse Your Hands

Jul 30, 2008
When you think about it, life is pretty icky. It is not what you see -- like that dead animal down the street getting flatter and stinkier with each passing day or the garbage can in the sweltering heat -- but what you do not see that should have you worried on guard, though.

For instance, you may go into the grocery store with nice clean hands but the second you touch that shopping cart handle you are exposed to every nasty thing you can imagine. Who knows what disease-ridden person may have had that cart before you or what snotty-nosed kid rode in the seat with his dirty hands all over the handle?

Public restrooms are another troublesome place when it comes to germs. We ask our kids if they washed their hands as they leave the bathroom, but really, what does it matter? Think about all the people who never bother to wash their hands--all their germs are crawling contentedly about the door handle which your kid just touched. The waiting room at the doctor's office is another questionable place. If you are not careful, you may leave with something worse than the complaint which brought you there in the first place.

The list of places where germs wait is sickening, but fortunately we do not have to go cringing through life defenseless. Hand sanitizer has proven to be a useful tool in fighting 99.99% of common illness-causing germs. In a recent study involving sixteen schools, kids and teachers were divided into control and product groups. The product groups employed hand sanitizer before and after entering the classroom. The study found a 19.8% absentee reduction among children in the product group, a great finding for parents and schools alike.

Using products like Purell hand wipes or liquid sanitizing gels combats germs. Keep sanitizing wipes in your purse, your vehicle, your briefcase, beside the diaper changing table-anywhere you need convenient protection from lurking germs. Like hand washing, getting into the habit of using hand sanitizer can be a great disease fighter.
About the Author
Steve Collins is a writer and journalist. as an obsessive clean freak, he uses Purell Hand Wipes on a daily basis. Read his articles about the many uses of Purell Hand Wipes
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