Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitiser to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities.
Hand sanitisers are a convenient way to clean your hands when soap and water aren't available. Hand sanitisers contain either ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol. These alcohols are known to kill germs by denaturing the protective outer proteins of microbes and dissolving their membranes. Are all hand sanitisers created equal? It's essential to make sure any hand sanitiser you use contains at least 60 per cent alcohol.