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Hand Sanitizers Won’t Save You

Good in a pinch, they don’t beat soap and water and likely may not live up to marketing claims

A photo of a person squirting hand sanitizer out of a bottle onto their hands.
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JJohn Newsam rarely uses hand sanitizers. “Perhaps once every month or two,” he says. “And pretty much only when using a portaloo, when soap and water are not available.” Newsam is CEO of Tioga Research, which studies new formulas for everything from skin…

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Robert Roy Britt

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Independent health & science journalist writing motivationally about the science of physical health & mental wellness. Former editor-in-chief of LiveScience.

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