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Health Tip: Using Hand Sanitizers

An alternative if there's no soap and water nearby

(HealthDay News) -- While the best way to prevent the spread of germs is still good old-fashioned soap and water, antibacterial hand sanitizers are an easy way to practice good hygiene when there's no sink nearby.

For best use of the product, follow its directions carefully, says the Health Services Department at Great Basin College. Apply the product liberally to your entire hand -- front and back -- and rub your hands together until the solution has dried.

If you can see dirt on your hands, however, you should still wash with soap and water, the department says.

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