The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has warned that cleaning hands with wipes
or gels does not protect from diseases. Nothing can substitute washing hands
with soap and water thoroughly which can remove dangerous bacteria that can be
transmitted by animals. However, using sanitizing gels after washing hands
provides extra benefit.
Reliance on hand gels rather than soap and water is a major risk factor for outbreaks
of gastrointestinal diseases. Sanitization gels which often contain alcohol are
considered to be effective in normally clean places like offices and hospitals.
But the hand sanitizers are not powerful enough to kill bacteria like E. coli or cryptosporidium found in
animal feces and on contaminated surfaces around the farms. Running water helps
to wash away dirt. Gels can be used if you do not have access to soap and