After you finish your shopping, do you pull out your hand sanitizer and clean off your hands? It is a good habit to get into, especially these days, but have you ever considered whether hand sanitizing is doing the job well enough?
While hand sanitizer usually has fairly high numbers of germs and viruses killed listed on the bottle, it will never say that it is 100% efficient. This is why hand sanitizer is a great protection when nothing else is available, but if you can, you should choose a sink over the bottle in your pocket.
What makes handwashing so much more effective? Well, just like hand sanitizer, it does kill viruses, but on top of that, it also prevents them from attaching to your skin. This means that when you rinse off your hands, the virus will wash off with the soap. That is why hand sanitizer only should be used whenever you don’t have another option.