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Hand Sanitizer

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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.
A photo of a person squirting hand sanitizer out of a bottle onto their hands.
Photo: Jananya Sriphairot/EyeEm/Getty Images

John 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 care products to topical drugs. With a PhD in chemistry from Oxford University, he knows that a good scrubbing with soap and water is the preferred method for ridding his hands of a wide range of infectious germs.

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