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We spotlight the importance of hand hygiene to improve public health, serve as a trusted resource and raise awareness of leading-edge hand hygiene and skin health scientific advancements through the GOJO Hand Hygiene Blog.

GOJO microbiologists, scientists, nurses and communication professionals post regularly and we also get the views of outside experts and thought leaders in the field. It’s all part of the GOJO Purpose, saving lives and making lives better through well-being solutions.

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Washing hands with PURELL Brand HEALTHY SOAP with PURELL Hand Sanitizer dispenser next to soap
When to Use Soap vs. Hand Sanitizer

8/11/2020

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

Hand hygiene has been a primary tool in keeping the public healthy during this pandemic. Americans are washing their hands more frequently and for longer. Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to remove germs from your hands, but the overuse of some soaps and water can lead to dry and damaged skin. It’s important to not only keep your skin clean, but also healthy. So, when should you wash your hands and when should you sanitize them?

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PURELL Hand Sanitizer ES4 dispenser
Formulation Counts: Not All Hand Sanitizer is the Same

7/28/2020

By Chuck Crawford, Ph.D.

Chief Innovation Officer, GOJO Industries

This pandemic has transformed how we think about hand hygiene – both our handwashing and hand sanitizing practices. In 1988, our Family Enterprise, GOJO, invented PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, creating a new way for employees, patrons, students, teachers, and everyone else to clean their hands away from the sink to help reduce germs that can cause illness.

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PURELL Hand Sanitizer in use
Debunking 7 Common Myths About Hand Sanitizer

7/14/2020

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers play a role in reducing germs on your hands that may cause illness. In fact, practicing good hand hygiene – handwashing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when hands are not visibly soiled – is one of the most effective ways to kill germs that may cause disease.

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PURELL ES6 hand sanitizer dispenser being used at airport baggage claim
3 Reasons Why Ethyl Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers are More Effective

5/13/2020

By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

Nearly all PURELL® hand sanitizing products are ethyl alcohol-based for one very simple reason: alcohol is the most proven effective germ-killing agent for use on skin. So it’s no wonder that when the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges frequent handwashing, the internationally-respected health organization adds that, “If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.”1,2

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Hepatitis A
Help Prevent the Spread of Hepatitis A

4/30/2019

By Rachel Leslie

Clinical Science Manager

While Hepatitis A rates had been decreasing in the United States since the late 1990’s through 2015, localized outbreaks have made a resurgence. Since 2016 several states including Arizona, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Utah have experienced outbreaks, resulting in over 15,000 confirmed cases and 140 deaths across the US.

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