I have already described how non antibacterial soap does not kill germs but merely suspends them in water so they can be rinsed off. Moreover, many antibacterial soaps only keep bacteria from multiplying and often do nothing to viruses. Alcohol kills germs by rapidly drying and in the process actually destroying the bacteria and viruses in the process. Moreover unlike antibacterial agents alcohol does not lower the effectiveness of other antibacterial agents leading to super germs because its action is mechanical in nature actually pulling the microorganisms apart physically.
Alcohol can be an irritant and a drying agent leading to chapped or dry skin if used frequently. Gel type sanitizers reduce this effect by adding aloes to the gel. They can be expensive if you use a lot of the stuff. All sanitizer is is alcohol and gel made from carbomer and triethanolamine the same ingredients found in cheap hand moisturizing gels. To make your own all you have to do is buy some generic aloe gel and add upto 60% rubbing alcohol (ethyl works best) more or less depending on your skin sensitivity and dryness. The resulting gel is about 1/3 the cost of Purcell and can be adjusted to your skin type.
This gel takes 15 seconds to kill all the surface germs so rub thoroughly for at least this long covering the entire surface to be sanitized.
Peace Corps Volunteer Erin Gilberten is working in a coastal city in Ecuador that faces many hygiene and water condition challenges. She shared this photo of children at her local elementary school where she teaches the importance of daily hygiene practices.