To get rid of viruses, soap actually works better than hand sanitiser 🧼 wash your hands

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viruses • chemistry 

Basically, a virus is a big self-assembled bunch of proteins and lipids. The fatty lipid bilayer is what holds the whole thing together.

Soap easily dissolves those lipids, making the whole thing fall apart and killing the virus.

The alcohol in hand sanitiser does the same thing, but not as well. Any antibacterial compounds don't touch viruses at all, so don't waste your time or money. It's basically just expensive soap.

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But I'm just paraphrasing someone else right now. Here's a twitter link to a (long!) thread written by a chemistry prof, all about how and why soap kills viruses. It's worth reading, even if it does get a bit technical!

twitter.com/PalliThordarson/st

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@InvaderXan

thank you, I won' t read the long thread but this was interesting nonetheless

Bacteria 

@InvaderXan

Also super important to remeber that anti-bacterial stuff is actually whack as fuck and kills freindly bacteria an helps malicious bacteria get stronger.

Bacteria 

@Chickiepup Oh totally. If it kills 99.99% of bacteria then congratulations, in a few hours you'll have the same amount of bacteria again and won't be able to kill them this time!

Bacteria 

@InvaderXan

Broke: Bacteria bad
Woke: Bacteria is good for soil
Bespoke: GET THAT GOOD BACCA ALL UP IN ME M8

viruses • chemistry 

@InvaderXan aaaaaaah.
i thought it was a size / time thing

viruses • chemistry 

@meena Apparently not? I just thought this was interesting. It's one of those things I didn't realise till I read about it, but then I was like, yeah, that makes perfect sense

viruses • chemistry 

@InvaderXan Also, the main purpose of washing your hands isn't to *kill* viruses and bacteria; it's mainly to remove them from your body. Soap happens to kill certain classes of things quite well, as you say, but that's an unexpected benefit

Hand sanitizer has to kill everything. Soap doesn't need to: as long as the stuff is off your body, you've accomplished your goal. In high risk environments people wash AND sanitize; washing removes most, sani kills the rest.

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