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The Truth about Purell With viruses, bacteria, and other germs growing and residing on everyday objects, it is no wonder why we see so many hand sanitizing dispensers located in in areas where there is a high-density of humans. From dining halls, to supermarkets, to hospitals and airports one can find hand sanitizer almost anywhere. There is a need and desire for a product that can instantly clean hands, kill microorganisms, and viruses without the aid of soap and water. A product such as this is greatly needed because bacteria and other microorganisms grow and develop at such rapid and accelerated rates. Purell is one of the leading hand sanitizing products with claims of eliminating almost all germs. Among the other countless hand sanitizer brands on the…show more content…
Purell brand owner, Gojo Industries is not allowed to make claims as to which “germs” the product is actually effective against. This leaves a vague and questionable definition of “germs” and the reliability of the product. There have been numerous research conducted on the effects of Purell on various types of bacteria and viruses and its ability to kill 99.9% of germs but not a lot of data shows how effective Purell is. Studies over the last few years concluded that washing your hands with soap and water is still probably the most adequate way to remove germs. But “effective” is a questionable and subjective term. Health officials recommend hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (Wanjek). Alcohol-based sanitizers can kill most types of microorganisms just within a few seconds. At the same time, rubbing your hands with sanitizer can be ideal, poor hand-sanitizer use beats the point of poor hand hygiene. But if you are having a busy day and it is difficult to get to a sink, then carrying a bottle of Purell would still be a good
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