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CLEAN HANDS SAVE LIVES

CLEANING ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS!

Hand hygiene has been an important practice for centuries. And, since its establishment in 1926, The Soap and Detergent Association has been a leader in educating the public about hand hygiene and its impact on preventing illness. According to
the World Health Organization, “Hand hygiene is the primary measure to reduce infections …”

Just imagine what life would be like if we didn’t clean our hands …
As you can see, there’s plenty of opportunity for germs to sneak up on us when we least expect them. But, frequent and proper hand hygiene can stop germs and illness in their tracks. Read on to find out how hand cleaning products can help!

S A F E T Y F I R S T
S A F E T Y F I R S T

• Always read and follow instructions on all products before using.
• Avoid contact with eyes. In case of eye contact, flush with water.
• Hand hygiene products are intended for external use only. If swallowed, get medical help or call the number on the product label or the U.S. Poison Control Center’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-222-1222. To locate a provincial Poison Control Center in Canada, visit www.healthycleaning101.org/english/safety.html

CLEAN HANDS SAVE LIVES
Hand Hygiene Products
Products formulated to clean hands and/or
kill germs on hands at home and on-the-go.
Remember to Read the Label! Product labels may contain information about ingredients, proper use and other useful
information, such as how to contact the product manufacturer with questions.

It’s Monday morning …
You catch the early train to work. Taking public
transportation is a great way to meet a lot of new, interesting
people, but opening a door or holding that handrail can also
put you “in touch” with many of their germs!
You arrive at your office …
To your pleasant surprise, the company tech person is
installing your new email program! The only thing is, she
has a cold. After a couple of sniffl es, coughs, and keystrokes,
she “hands” you your keyboard and says, “login, please.”
Instead of “you've got mail,” you've got germs!
Later on, your boss treats you to lunch
to celebrate your big promotion …
He sneezes just before shaking your hand – Ka-ching
turns into Ka-chew!
After work, you remember you have to pick
up the chicken for dinner …
You stop at the local market, and grab the handle of the
first shopping cart in sight. Then, squish! Your hands
are covered in baby drool, a surprise left over from the
previous “little” customer.
Having second thoughts about that chicken dinner?

I N G R E D I E N T S
Ingredients may be listed on product packaging.
The following are common ingredients used in many
hand hygiene products. Not all products contain all
ingredients.

• Cleaning Agents/Surfactants: Lift
dirt and soil dirt and soil and help remove germs from hands.
• Moisturizers: Leave hands feeling soft and smooth.
• Fragrances: Give consumers a choice of pleasing
scents.
• Antibacterial/Germ-killing Agents: Help kill germs that
may cause odors or illness. Some of the more frequently used
ingredients are:
- Triclocarban – used in bar soaps
- Triclosan – used in bar and liquid soaps
- Alcohol – used in hand sanitizers and hand wipes
- Benzalkonium chloride – used in hand sanitizers and hand wipes

P R O D U C T S
Hand hygiene products come in many forms – each having its own benefits. Look for easy, convenient, portable, and
refillable packaging options. Select the form that best suits your needs.

• Bar Soaps: Designed to clean the skin by removing
dirt and oils.
• Hand Sanitizers: Designed to kill germs on hands that are not
visibly dirty, without the need for water or towels.
• Liquid or Foaming Hand Soaps: Designed to
dispense a single “dose” for cleaning hands.
• Wipes: Designed to wipe away dirt from hands.

Remember to Read the Label! Product labels may contain information about ingredients, proper use and other useful information, such as how to contact the product manufacturer with questions.

D I R E C T I O N S F O R U S E
Cleaning your hands when soap and running water
are available:
• Wet hands with warm, running water – prior to reaching for
soap (bar or liquid form). This applies to most products; however,
some foaming hand washes should be applied to dry hands.
• Move hands away from the water, and make a lather by rubbing
hands together.
• Be sure to wash the front and back of hands, between fingers,
around and under nails for 15 seconds or more.
• Rinse hands well under warm, running water.
• Dry hands thoroughly with a clean paper or cloth towel or
air dryer.

D I R E C T I O N S F O R U S E FA Q
Q: Are hand soaps, sanitizers, and wipes safe for children?
A: When used as directed, hand hygiene products are safe
for children. Keep in mind, when using personal care
products, young children should be supervised.
In addition, supervising adults should be sure to read and
follow instructions on all products before use.

Q: Why is handwashing important and where can I learn more?
A: Handwashing is one of the most important steps to A: Handwashing is one of the most important steps to A:
stop the spread of infection. A recent study2 shows that
simple handwashing with soap can reduce the number of
pneumonia-related infections in children under the age of
five by more than 50 percent.
For education materials, use the Healthy Schools,
Healthy People – It’s a SNAP program at
www.itsasnap.org and The 15 Second Challenge at
www.healthycleaning101.org/english/hands.html

SMA R T C L E A N I N G : F R E Q U E N T LY A S K E D Q U E S T I O N S

Q: When should I use antibacterial vs. non-antibacterial
products?
A: Antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers are designed to A: Antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers are designed to A:
offer the extra protection of killing germs, so it’s best
to use them in situations when you are most concerned
about germs, such as preparing food, when you or others
are ill, or when touching or cleaning after pets.

Q: Do hand sanitizers really help kill germs? When should
I use them?
A: Hand sanitizers are an easy, portable way to help kill A: Hand sanitizers are an easy, portable way to help kill A:
germs on hands, but they are not designed to remove dirt
or grime. Hand sanitizers are a good alternative to use
when soap and water aren’t available.
The convenience and ease-of-use of instant hand sanitizers
can enable everyone to get rid of germs on hands more
frequently throughout the day. Several studies1 show that
the use of hand sanitizers reduces absenteeism in schools
due to illnesses, as well as decreases the incidences of
hospital-associated infections.
WEB SITE: www.cleaning101.com
This Product Fact Sheet was developed by the Consumer Education Committee of The Soap and Detergent Association. It is intended for educational purposes, and
is offered without guarantees or warranties of any kind. It may be reproduced in whole or in part without permission, but with credit given to SDA.
© 2006 The Soap and Detergent Association

D I S P O S A L
• Use all of the product.
• Some hand hygiene products, such as liquid soaps,
are packaged in refi llable containers.
• In general, liquids can be poured down the drain.
• Dispose of bar soaps and wipes in the trash, do not
fl ush down the toilet.
• When disposing of empty containers, check the recycling
symbols on your container and your local recycling regulations.
1 B. Hammond et al., “Effect of hand sanitizer use on elementary school absenteeism,” American Journal of Infection Control, Vol. 28, Issue 5, October 2000, pgs 340 – 346.
J. Hilburn et al., “Use of alcohol hand sanitizer as an infection control strategy in an acute care facility,” American Journal of Infection Control, Vol. 31, Issue 2, April 2003, pgs 109 – 116.
DL Dyer et al., “Alcohol-free Instant Hand Sanitizer Reduces Elementary School Illness Absenteeism,” Family Medicine, Vol. 32, No. 9, October 2000, pgs 633 – 638.
2 Didier Pittet, “Clean hands reduce the burden of disease,” The Lancet, www.thelancet.com, Vol. 366, July 16 2005, pgs 185 – 187.
References

Cleaning your hands when soap and running water
aren't convenient:
Hand Sanitizers:
• Use one or two squirts or pumps of the product.
• Rub hands together briskly, including the front and
back, between fi ngers, around and under nails until
hands are dry.
Wipes:
• Wipe all areas of hands until they are visibly clean.
• Use one or more wipes and dispose in an appropriate
trash container.
• Let hands air dry.
Here are some critical times to clean your hands:
• Before and after meals and snacks • Before caring for young children • After touching a public surface
• Before and after preparing food, • After using the restroom • When hands are dirty
especially raw meat, poultry, or seafood • After touching animals • When you or someone around you is ill

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