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Is water an essential ingredient of alcohol based hand sanitizers?

The two WHO formulations (ethanol and IPA) make up the volume with distilled or boiled water. But is this water essential for the best efficacy of the cleanser or is it only to bulk it out? In other ...
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How do cleaning supplies, such as hand sanitizer or Clorox wipes, kill viruses?

I know that viruses are not living or nonliving things, and thus they cannot be "killed." I was wondering how the viruses would no longer be able to infect people after the application of things like ...
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What thresholds apply for labelling of possible contaminants in a sanitizing product?

In labelling an isopropanol hand sanitizer in the UK (which I gather would be regulated as a biocide in the EU, not a cosmetic), should a contaminant of one of the ingredients be listed on my ...
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Is the washing hands in order to protect yourself from COVID-19 backed up by research?

I have been hearing a lot of people say that it is recommended to wash your hands thoroughly in order to maximise protection against COVID-19 infection. I also heard that the washing hands rumours are ...
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Can the Coronavirus be spread via public toilet seats?

I would like to know if it has been proven or disproven that the Coronavirus/COVID-19 can be spread via public toilet seats? I am thinking that perhaps I should always carry around hand sanitizer ...
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Does vinegar rival alcohol in terms of the safety and effectiveness of hand washing?

I was very impressed when shopping for hand soap to discover that they are all marked "flammable"! This of course is because of the alcohol it contains. If acetic acid were included in the soap in ...
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How can one product work both as a skin moisturizer and a soap?

The pharmacist gave me this cream for treating dry/dead skin on fingertips, and she also added that I can use it as a soap as well! The manufacturer also confirms this. Normally, you don’t apply soap ...
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When is hand sanitizer appropriate/sufficient in place of warm water and soap?

I've heard that hand sanitizers may not be as effective against certain types of protein-based bacteria, or something along those lines, but beyond that I can't seem to find the line where hand ...
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Prophylactic effect of hand sanitizer

My workplace has inside the bathrooms two options for cleaning one's hands, both sinks with soap and towels, and a dispenser for alcohol-based hand sanitizer. When opening the door to the bathroom one ...
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Do all hand sanitizers contribute to antibacterial resistance?

Some hand sanitizers contain triclosan to kill bacteria. Triclosan has been found to contribute to antibacterial resistance. I'm trying to reduce my use of products that contribute to antibacterial ...