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Is Your Hand Sanitizer Doing More Harm Than Good?

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Germ-killing products have never been in higher demand than since Covid-19 turned into a global pandemic — but there’s little evidence that they've done anything to help slow the spread of the virus. In fact, the huge spike in hand sanitizer usage might actually be an accomplice to the spread of germs. That’s right, it had to be said, and someone just said it. Is it possible that this hygiene habit is doing more harm than good?

Let’s take a look at five major problems with traditional hand sanitizer.

Hand sanitizers can include a wide variety of chemicals, some of which are toxic and can cause harm to human health. Alcohol is one of these, but it’s typically considered one of the lesser offenders (more on that later). Worse is something called triclosan, which leads to hormonal imbalances in humans and other animals.

Triclosan is absorbed through the skin and may harm the body’s immune system and create antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The FDA has banned triclosan in most hand sanitizers, but that doesn’t mean you won’t come across it — the agency’s ability to control substances depends partly on how they are marketed.

Parabens and chemicals that make up the fragrances in “scented” hand sanitizer are other examples of ingredients to be wary of.

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