The objective of antibacterial soap is to get rid of germs and bacteria, but not to kill them. The use of soap lifts microbes trapped in the natural oils of the skin and suspended in the water. Also, it is ideal for those working in the food industry as they often have proteins and other fatty ingredients on their hands.

However, the technique you use for washing is very important when you use soap and water to clean. For instance, people need to wash their hands thoroughly and scrub them for 15-20 seconds while using soap and water.


The purpose of alcohol-based hand sanitizer is to kill viruses and bacteria. The alcohol it has eliminates the bacteria by softening bacterial membrane and making the microorganism ineffective.

If getting rid of grease is not what you are looking for, but to only kills germs, using sanitizer is ideal. It will also serve better when soap and water isn’t readily available. Moreover, carrying a hand sanitizer is always easy.

The bottom line

Hygiene experts have always recommended washing hands with soap and water as first line of defence against harmful germs, particularly when there is dirt on your hands. If you use sanitizer on dirty hands, it might not do the job it is supposed to do.

Moreover, sanitizers can only reduce the number of germs on hands and may not be effective to remove all types of germs.

Courtesy: Onlymyhealth


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