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Hand sanitizer, also called hand rub and hand antiseptic, is a convenient way to keep your hands clean when you do not have access to soap and water.  In 1966 Lupe Hernandez, then a nursing student, patented an alcohol-containing, gel-based hand sanitizer for hospitals. The first alcohol-containing gel sanitizer for consumers was introduced over two decades later, in 1988.  The term “alcohol” on the label of hand sanitizers indicates the product contains ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) – one of two alcohols permitted as active ingredients in alcohol-based sanitizers; the other being isopropyl alcohol. The alcohol in hand sanitizers is a very effective disinfectant that is safe to put on your skin. Although there are non-alcohol containing hand sanitizers on the market, studies have found that those with an alcohol concentration of 60% to 95% are more effective at killing germs than those with lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol…

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