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Does anyone not use hand sanitiser?

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Correlation Thu 17-Sep-20 17:22:22

I suffer with rhinitis on-and-off and I remember a few years ago I thought it was made worse whenever I used a hand sanitiser, so I avoided it. Since Covid I've used sanitiser almost everyday and I've realised that I've had quite bad rhinitis recently. I'd like to try and stay away from it again for a while to see if that helps but worried for obvious reasons. Is anyone else just focusing on not touching their face and washing their hands regularly rather than using sanitiser?

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CrunchyCarrot Thu 17-Sep-20 17:26:42

I don't. I prefer soap and water and a thorough wash. I had to use it the other day when at the dentist, but I'm really not a fan of it, especially if I have scratches from my kittens, also it's very drying.

Meruem Thu 17-Sep-20 17:40:20

I have a bit of a thing about putting “slimy stuff” on my skin, I always use bar soap instead of shower gel for example, never use body lotion etc. So I hate sanitiser. I just wash my hands instead. I can’t think of any occasion where I’ve wanted to eat and there aren’t hand washing facilities available. If I’m not eating I’m not too fussed tbh. When I’m out the mask seems to stop me touching my face anyway.

Spinakker Thu 17-Sep-20 18:13:11

I use it if there's some available in a public place like at the front of a supermarket but I don't carry it with me

Iminaglasscaseofemotion Thu 17-Sep-20 18:14:59

I don't. If I need to I just wash my hands.

whirlwindwallaby Thu 17-Sep-20 18:16:29

I avoid it as it makes my skin dry. I only use it when directed to.

MadisonMontgomery Thu 17-Sep-20 18:21:43

Hate the stuff, it makes my hands so dry.

DipSwimSwoosh Thu 17-Sep-20 18:23:07

I don't use it.

mummabear1967 Thu 17-Sep-20 18:23:27

I don’t mind it. I only use it when there’s no water and soap close to me.

Mintjulia Thu 17-Sep-20 18:23:57

I used hand sanitizer at work for a week in March and it stripped the skin from my knuckles. They bled and kept splitting. Took about 8 weeks to heal.

So now I use soap or don't bother going in somewhere & go home instead.

toomanypillows Thu 17-Sep-20 18:26:21

I work in a college. Everyone has to use hand sanitiser as they both enter and exit the premises and then every room. Every third wash has to be with soap and water.

I've not heard anyone say they can't use it, though some students bring their own in.

We also have anti bac skin wipes. I don't know how effective they are but they might be less drying.

FunnyInjury Thu 17-Sep-20 18:28:57

I only use it if I have to (and I do always comply, no fuss). Never use it otherwise, just dont think it's necessary tbh.

Janaih Thu 17-Sep-20 18:29:28

I just wash my hands. I have an overactive bladder and a 3 year old so I do so frequently. I'll use sanitizer if asked though.

cassgate Thu 17-Sep-20 18:29:45

Hate the stuff. Don’t use it unless I have to. I work in a school and still don’t use it. I wash my hands regularly and consider that enough.

ineedaholidaynow Thu 17-Sep-20 18:31:15

Don't you use it when you remove your mask if you are out and about?

OpheliasCrayon Thu 17-Sep-20 18:33:25

I'm allergic to it. I just wash my hands when I get home

OpheliasCrayon Thu 17-Sep-20 18:34:08


Don't you use it when you remove your mask if you are out and about?

No. Masks are pointless........I wear one but I feel at this point it's all for show to feel like we're doing something...

ProperlyPdOff Thu 17-Sep-20 18:35:02

There is non-alcohol foam available that works against CV.
If you don't use anything, it is not just about you accepting the risk. You are putting others at risk if you are unknowingly carrying the virus or moving it from one place to another.

cassgate Thu 17-Sep-20 18:36:57

No I don’t use it when I remove my mask. Tbh I rarely go anywhere that requires me to wear a mask. I haven’t been shopping since masks came in. I went to the hairdressers last week but I have short hair and the hairdresser ended up asking me to remove it as she was struggling with cutting around my ears.

NannyR Thu 17-Sep-20 18:37:30

I have sensory issues with strange smells and textures, so I don't use the ones provided in stores etc but I've sort of trained myself to be "ok" with one particular brand so I just carry a bottle of that in my pocket and use it if absolutely necessary. Much prefer to give my hands a good wash instead.

cassgate Thu 17-Sep-20 18:39:15

Agreed masks are for show. Can’t be bothered with them so I just don’t go out. Saving me a fortune.

TenDays Thu 17-Sep-20 18:39:17

Our local £ shop sells little squirty bottles of liquid soap/water mixture which is just as good (or better than) sanitiser.

You could make some up yourself easily enough.

Burplecutter Thu 17-Sep-20 18:39:30

No. I truly can't be bothered to find out where to buy the stuff. Well I use it when provided by establishments at the entrance/exit but soap and water at home is just fine.

choli Thu 17-Sep-20 18:47:03

Hand washing is more effective than sanitizer. I use sanitizer only when I can't wash and have reason to think I may need it.

whirlwindwallaby Thu 17-Sep-20 18:47:30


Don't you use it when you remove your mask if you are out and about?

No, my mask is only washed once a week anyway. I don't even like doing that as I can smell the washing detergent (no softener) for a whole day afterwards.

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