Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, washing your hands regularly is even more important. Many hand sanitizers on the market do not meet the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the best way to protect yourself from the coronavirus.

Hand-Washing Is Your Best Defense

If you want to prevent illness, washing your hands is the easiest and most effective way to do it. Medical experts agree that keeping hands clean and away from your mouth, eyes and nose is the best way to avoid infection during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Washing your hands after each and every contact with dirty surfaces or other people is essential. But you won’t always have access to a sink; therefore keeping an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you at all times is necessary.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers have proven to be just as effective, if not more so, than washing your hands with soap and water. Many people do not wash their hands properly anyway, which is ineffective in removing germs. Alcohol-based sanitizers make it easier to ensure that germs are removed.

Sanitizers That Meet CDC Guidelines

When choosing a hand sanitizer, ensure that the formula consists of at least 60% to 95% alcohol concentration, as recommended by the CDC. The alcohol acts as a denaturing agent that kills and inactivates viruses. The more alcohol concentration in the sanitizer, the better.

Based on alcohol content, the best sanitizers to choose for home or office where you have access to water are Purell and Germ X. Purell contains 70% alcohol, and Germ X contains 67% alcohol.

If you do not have access to water, other types of sanitizers just as effective. On the go, you have options ranging from alcohol-based gel formulas to sanitizing wipes. While women may carry a purse to haul around their protection from germs, men often do not. If you need to stick a few wipes in your wallet or have them available in a first aid kit, Welly Clean Hands are a great choice. The wipes contain 67% alcohol and are convenient for anyone to take on the go.

If you prefer a gel-based sanitizer, Bahama Bo’s Mini Hand Sanitizers are a great choice. The product is affordable and has a clip-on design that allows you to attach the sanitizer to your belt, backpack, or purse. This sanitizer contains 65% ethyl alcohol, as well as aloe and vitamin E.

Stay Vigilant

Wash or sanitize your hands regularly and after each time you come into contact with surfaces other people may have touched (which is pretty much all the time). You’ll ward off illness in the most-effective way you can.

Just be sure you choose a sanitizer that is effective at killing germs and avoid alcohol-free sanitizers.