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Poll Results: Do you 'Sanitize' Your Hands?

 
  • 2% (7)
    Hands, face, tummy, feet.. whatever we can get it on!
  • 34% (93)
    never ::running away::
  • 56% (152)
    only on occasion- sometimes we need it
  • 7% (19)
    the obligatory 'other'
271 Total Votes  
post #61 of 109
We've been sick with this stomach bug off and on for MONTHS. We use hand sanitizer quite often. I wash my hands then sanitize when I walk in the door from work, we wash and sanitize when we come inside, I keep wipes in my purse/diaper bag for the cart and their hands once we leave the store. We wash/sanitize before we eat, after we go to the bathroom.

I'm hoping it will keep this sicky bug away for a while!!
post #62 of 109
Thanks, SweetPotato, for pointing out the difference between the soaps with triclosan and the alcohol gels.

I voted 'other'.

I purposefully do no buy hand sanitizer for myself or my son.

I gave up the struggle with my husband and my daughter, and I buy sanitizer for them when they ask. They're both phobic and it makes them feel better.

I do make an effort to avoid triclosan.

As others have pointed out, the hand gels do not wash your hands. They don't get grease and dirt off, and that's the stuff I particularly want to remove. So I use soap and water.
post #63 of 109
Other- I don't use it, but I'm not going to freak if someone else goes to put it on the kids.
post #64 of 109
I don't use it unless there isn't a usable hand washing facility nearby. We usually don't keep it in the house or take it on trips with us, but if it's available (and usually is) where we are, we might just elect to do that instead of finding a bathroom.
post #65 of 109
I don't use it. The increased use of sanitizers and antibacterials has led to an explosion in resistant-bacteria. I've had MRSA. Not worth it.
post #66 of 109
I read about a case one time where a toddler licked it off of his hands and it had adverse affects. So, no we don't use it.
post #67 of 109
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Originally Posted by SweetPotato View Post
We use it- I think it rocks. There seems to be a lot of misinformation on this thread. There's a BIG difference between products that are antibacterial (using triclosan or some other ingredient to kill bacteria- not visuses- and yes these can encourage the prevalence of resistant bugs) and alcohol based sanitizer (which dries up and kills both bacteria and viruses- and does NOT produce super bugs)

My dd is 3.5, touches everything, puts hands in mouth, nose, etc. She's a healthy little thing, and I'm sure that she's being exposed to a TON of germs anyway-- but it really sucks for all of us when a major bug hits (my dh works with cancer patients and mst stay home when sick) Of course we wash our hands with soap and water when we're home and in public bathrooms, but I find sanitizer very convenient when we're out and about in areas where I know there are a ton of germs (kiddie play areas, subways, etc.) When we're in situations where I'm concerned about the actual dirt rather than germs (old houses with lead paint, etc.) then we obviously use soap and water since the sanitizer would just push the dirt around. I don't see it as a big deal.

ITA - we use one that is pretty much just vegetable glycerin with a high alcohol content. People have been using alcohol for ages to sanitize. We don't use triclosan or other chemicals.
post #68 of 109
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Originally Posted by mama_mojo View Post
We don't use it because I won't live in fear. And, the good/bad germ thing. And the questionable chemicals. And the dreadful smell. And that it's antibacterial qualities do not last long enough to expose anyone I love to it. And it's prevalence makes me question it. And I believe in water more than some faky chemical thing.
Ditto.
post #69 of 109
i don't have any. i don't use it. i don't get too worried about germs. probably i should think about them more!
post #70 of 109
I have a small bottle in my purse and I sometimes pull it out when I feel we need it and there is no sink nearby. But the same bottle has been there forever, so it's not very often.
post #71 of 109
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Originally Posted by afwife View Post
my mom found some plant based hand sanitizer and i keep that in my diaper bag. I've been making people use it before they touch my newborn. I also use it if i can't get to a sink after a diaper change or after doing something in public...
ditto.
post #72 of 109
The only place I can think of that we used it was at the petting zoo where we couldn't get to a sink right away. Other than that, we just wash hands if we need to.
post #73 of 109
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Originally Posted by fresh_veggie View Post
I don't use it. The increased use of sanitizers and antibacterials has led to an explosion in resistant-bacteria. I've had MRSA. Not worth it.
Actually that is misinformation. The use of alcohol based sanitizers doesn't cause resitant bacteria or MRSA. They don't contribute to antibiotic resistance at all. http://www.tastelife.com/health/inst...sanitizer.aspx
http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/hand-...ion-10882.html

And in fact they kill MRSA which is why they are used in health care and hospital settings. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/ma...ticlekey=94761 http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com.../361feat4.html

I'm speaking only about alcohol based hand gels not chemical ones. And they don't kill things like c. diff nor do they wash dirt off hands. So washing with soap and water is still better. But not always practical. Most public restrooms now have antibacterial soap which does have possible issues. Ick. I still prefer soap and water but hate that the bad stuff is all I see now.

Quote:
Originally Posted by demottm View Post
I read about a case one time where a toddler licked it off of his hands and it had adverse affects. So, no we don't use it.
A toddler would have to drink a minimum of 1 to 2 ounces to have ill effects. http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/sanitizer.asp So they aren't going to have harm from licking it off their hands after using it. But it's good to be aware that you don't want a small child drinking it so keep it up and away from young kids.
post #74 of 109
I have a tiny bottle of it, it's in the diaper bag or in my handbag, I'm not even sure.

I hardly ever use it. Only in situations like for example: if I've been on public transport, esp in summer, when everyone's sweaty/dirty/I-just-scratched-my-balls/sneezed on/whatever hands have been on the metal bar that i have to hold on to and I have no access to anywhere to just wash my hands with water and soap. But I like having it, in case i need it, I guess.

I'm not really a fan of it in general though... when I first "discovered" it, I bought a small bottle, and at some point my hands were very dusty/dirty and I had no access to a tap to wash them, and I though "Aha! I'll use the no-water-needed-hand-cleaning-stuff" so I spread a good blob on my hands but they didn't get clean at all, the dirt just got spread around and it felt gross
post #75 of 109
We use it when we get in the car after being in stores or at school and such. We have a rule that you have to wash your hands when you come into the house, but we do not live in town and so I feel better doing the hand sanitizer in the car. I also keep it in the diaper bag just in case.
post #76 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by TwinsTwicePlusTwo View Post
If bathing yourself in anti-bacterial everything made a bit of difference, the people I know who are constantly sanitizing stuff wouldn't get sick ten times more often that I do (I don't use anti-bacterial anything--I have an immune system, after all).
Same here!

And I only wash my hands if they're actually dirty or I'm preparing food for guests (as in, not members of mine or my partner's family).

We're all very healthy, save for very mild colds (or possibly just allergies) at the change of seasons.
post #77 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by sbgrace View Post
Actually that is misinformation. The use of alcohol based sanitizers doesn't cause resitant bacteria or MRSA. They don't contribute to antibiotic resistance at all. .
I'd like to point out that antibiotic resistance isn't the only concern here.

Of course hand sanitizers don't contribute to antibiotic resistance, antibiotics aren't at play here. What the sanitizers DO do is help the strongest, nastiest bacteria and viruses proliferate.

Yes, the sanitizers kill off MOST bacteria, but not all - and the bacteria they leave behind is usually the strongest, nastiest stuff (the bacteria that are able to withstand the alcohol). With no competition, the left behind bacteria has access to all the little bacteria resources, almost without limits, and is able to thrive and proliferate, where once they would have been kept in check by all the competition. This is ecology 101.

THIS is what most people are talking about when they bring up the "super bug" issue as it relates to sanitizers.

I agree with earlier posters - I don't use them because I'm not fearful, they basically pointless, and in many ways counter-productive.
post #78 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by BtotheG View Post
I'd like to point out that antibiotic resistance isn't the only concern here.

Of course hand sanitizers don't contribute to antibiotic resistance, antibiotics aren't at play here. What the sanitizers DO do is help the strongest, nastiest bacteria and viruses proliferate.

Yes, the sanitizers kill off MOST bacteria, but not all - and the bacteria they leave behind is usually the strongest, nastiest stuff (the bacteria that are able to withstand the alcohol). With no competition, the left behind bacteria has access to all the little bacteria resources, almost without limits, and is able to thrive and proliferate, where once they would have been kept in check by all the competition. This is ecology 101.

THIS is what most people are talking about when they bring up the "super bug" issue as it relates to sanitizers.

I agree with earlier posters - I don't use them because I'm not fearful, they basically pointless, and in many ways counter-productive.
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post #79 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by AngelaM View Post
But otherwise, no. I firmly believe in hand-washing, but think that in non-exceptional circumstances, sanitizer is overkill.

This. We hand wash. There is no need for hand sanitzer. Plus, it's loaded with alcohol. No way do I want that on my and the kid's skin .
post #80 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by sbgrace View Post
Actually that is misinformation. The use of alcohol based sanitizers doesn't cause resitant bacteria or MRSA. They don't contribute to antibiotic resistance at all. http://www.tastelife.com/health/inst...sanitizer.aspx
http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/hand-...ion-10882.html

And in fact they kill MRSA which is why they are used in health care and hospital settings. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/ma...ticlekey=94761 http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com.../361feat4.html

I'm speaking only about alcohol based hand gels not chemical ones. And they don't kill things like c. diff nor do they wash dirt off hands. So washing with soap and water is still better. But not always practical. Most public restrooms now have antibacterial soap which does have possible issues. Ick. I still prefer soap and water but hate that the bad stuff is all I see now.
I used to use a triclosan one. That's all I meant.
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