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Hand sanitizers – do they really work?

Published: September 8th, 2009

Revised: September 11th, 2009

hand-sanitizerEverywhere you turn of late, it seems you’re confronted with a bottle of hand sanitizer. Most sanitizers are alcohol-based, and destroy microorganisms by disrupting their cell membranes or protein coats. Although these materials have been available for some years, only recently have they enjoyed such widespread use and stirred so much discussion. U of T Experience Research asked Professor James Scott whether and how these products work.

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