How can consumers know they are buying the right hand hygiene product?

Dr. Greene’s Answer:

Consumers should read the product label to determine the active ingredient. The CDC Web site ( is a wonderful resource for general information about preventing infections. Consumers can also log onto the manufacturers’ product Web sites to learn more about how each product works to fight germs.

More Information:

Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers and Antibacterial Soaps
Hand Washing – Good Germs – Super Germs
Regular Soap and How it Works
Soap and Water or Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers

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April 24, 2008

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