What is the Difference Between Hand Sanitizing and Hand Washing?

What is the Difference Between Hand Sanitizing and Hand Washing?

What exactly is the difference between hand washing and hand sanitizing? Now more than ever it is important to understand how these two germ removing processes are different, to ensure that we are all staying safe and healthy.


The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible, for handwashing reduces the amounts of ALL types of germs and chemicals on hands. While alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, they do not eliminate all types of germs. Sanitizers are not as effective at cleaning hands when the hands are visibly dirty, and have a hard time eliminating harsh chemicals such as pesticides off of hands. In situations where you have the ability to properly wash your hands, artnaturals has you covered with hand soap, that will simultaneously leave your hands nourished and moisturized, as well as clean of germs and bacteria.


However, oftentimes there is not an adequate hand washing station available, in which case the CDC recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Sanitizers that contain less than 60% alcohol may not effectively kill all the germs and bacteria, leaving you vulnerable to a virus! 

Luckily for you, artnaturals has a couple of options! Try our scent-free hand sanitizer, infused with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Jojoba, to keep your hands feeling silky smooth and germ-free. For another convenient alternative, you can try our sanitizing wipes, formulated with 75% ethyl alcohol to help kill up to 99.9% of germs. These wipes are great to keep in your car, purse, or cabinet for quick and convenient sanitation. 

Tired of the awful smell of hand sanitizer? Create your own amazing smelling hand sanitizer with our DIY Scented Hand Sanitizer Set.

Wherever you are, we got you covered. Stay safe and stay healthy!



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