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Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer to beat the germs

Whether you’re deep in the backcountry or on your subway commute downtown, there’s always a good reason to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer at the ready.

Though soap is a great way to keep your hands clean, hand sanitizer offers a few special advantages that can give it an edge in daily life.

First and foremost, you don’t need water to make hand sanitizer work. We’ve all been in a situation where you try to clean your hands by dumping a bit of water into them without upending the whole bottle. With hand sanitizer it’s as simple as popping open the bottle, squirting a bit into your hands and spreading it. No mess, no spillage. Plus, travel-sized bottles are easy to throw into your pack, your pocket or your glove compartment.

Hand sanitizer is also the king of killing germs, whether they come from the outdoors or other people. It offers a quick and simple way to clean up before digging into your breakfast, lunch or dinner without needing to worry about where your hands have been.

If you’re worried about hand sanitizer being harsh on your skin, keep an eye out for options that include aloe or other ingredients that help moisturize and protect your hands while disinfecting them.