How hand sanitizers work

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How hand sanitizers work

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are the ubiquitous little squeeze-bottle heroes of airports and hospitals, our allies during cold and flu season, and supposedly effective against a huge variety of disease-causing viruses and bacteria.

But what’s really in hand sanitizers?

And is it true that they kill 99.99% of germs, as popular brands claim?

Reactions breaks down the contents of your hand sanitizer in this new video:

Reactions is a video series produced by the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios.

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