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ASK EWG: Handwashing safely, without a sink

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Emily Ion with Rebecca Sutton, PhD

Question: How do I avoid germs when I can't wash my hands in a sink with running water?

The absolute best way to fight germs and prevent infection is good old-fashioned hand washing. But when you can't scrub up, you can turn to waterless hand sanitizers, those convenient little bottles for on-the-go.

But there are risks involved with some of these products (not to mention the disposable plastic containers): many expose you to potentially harmful chemicals and may compromise your long-term immunity. So read the labels - not all sanitizers are created equal.

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