Hand sanitizer, the gloppy alcoholic gel that’s nearly everywhere, and is supposed to keep germs from going anywhere. These products provide a convenient alternative when hand washing with plain soap and water is unavailable

The active ingredient in these sanitizers is typically ethyl alcohol, the same found in distilled spirits. At 60 to 65 percent alcohol, these hand sanitizers are essentially 120-proof moonshine for your hands.

 

While killing germs can serve an important purpose, it’s the rise of the 0.01 percent of the leftover bacteria that have infectious disease experts looking for ways to approach the issue of antibiotic resistance.

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