: Hand Sanitizers & Allergies
Are hand sanitizers effective for cleaning up children with allergies after eating? It turns out they're not. A recent study found that, for removal of peanut allergens from hands, liquid soap, bar soap, and commercial wipes were very effective. However, antibacterial hand sanitizer left detectable levels of peanut allergen on 6 out of 12 hands.
While antibacterial gels do kill germs, they don't remove milk, peanut, or even dirt from hands. If a child with a food allergy gets their allergen on their hands, it's best to wash hands with plain old soap and water. Also keep wet wipes handy for times when soap and water aren't available.