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How well does Germ X work?

Asked by Axemusica (9465points) February 13th, 2010

Due to my nephew in the house having a disease that is quite dangerous we have to use Germ X constantly. I don’t mind it, but today I found something that frustrated me about using it and got me wondering how well it actually works.

As many of you know I’m a guitarist and when I sat down to play today I discovered my hands feeling sticky or quite a bit of friction, ect… They didn’t feel right and in fact didn’t feel that, well, clean.

So how well is this Germ X working? Does it work like it supposed to and having grimy feeling hands just a side effect of the use. I often feel as though it’s just not enough and would much rather wash my hands.

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buckyboy28's avatar

I’ve never noticed sticky hands from Germ-X. I use “original”, perhaps you are using some with aloe. I know that aloe can leave a sticky residue behind on hands.

Axemusica's avatar

@buckyboy28 It says original on the multiple bottles we have around the house.

buckyboy28's avatar

@Axemusica Hmmm…. that’s strange then. Do you notice the same problem with all of the bottles? I would give them a call and give them the lot number on the package. Sounds like you might have gotten a bad batch.

Axemusica's avatar

Yes, this isn’t the first time I’ve gotten this feeling, but it is the first time I’ve really had a problem with it. Someones in the shower and the sink is full of dishes and I can’t wash my hands and I want to play guitar now and I can’t when my fingers can’t move how I want them to.

buckyboy28's avatar

@Axemusica Maybe you are in one of the 49 states that got some snow. You can “wash” your hands with that in a pinch.

Axemusica's avatar

@buckyboy28 haha I live in AK and I guess I could try it, but I would still like to know if this stuff is actually working. My hands don’t actually feel clean. I don’t mean strictly for playing guitar, I mean in general. I just got bothered with my fingers sticking together.

buckyboy28's avatar

@Axemusica I guess you could do the old “e. coli” test. You play with a slab of raw chicken and then use some germ-x and then lick your palm and see if you get sick. Just kidding. Don’t do that.

marinelife's avatar

“Germ-X® kills 99.99% of many common harmful germs in as little as 15 seconds. It is designed to kill germs when you don’t have access to soap and water. It’s used on hands, without soap, water or towels, leaving them feeling refreshed and soft. Use it anytime, anywhere.” Source

If you always remembered to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water you should be able to kill a similar number of germs.

Axemusica's avatar

@marinelife Yea, that’s what it says it does, but why does it leave my hands feeling not so clean? Realistically shouldn’t it be no different than washing my hands? I bet I could go wash my hands and have little to no fiction between my fingers versus using the Germ X.

zebter's avatar

maybe try to use anti bacterial wipes and clean your hand off with them right before you start playing your guitar. It will help wipe away any of those sticky feelings you may have. I know exactly what you are talking about.

marinelife's avatar

The brand I use does not leave my hands with a film. maybe just get another type of hand sanitizer.

zebter's avatar

@marinelife I agree with you. I have used some that do not leave any residue behind and some that do. It may be a brand issue.

Axemusica's avatar

@marinelife & @zebter that’s my point though. The brands that do leave this “residue”, are they really doing what they say they do. I mean yes, right away they do just that, but after you have the filmy junk on your hands for awhile wouldn’t that actually breed germs?

tragiclikebowie's avatar

I have issues with antibacterial things of any kind, seeing as they just breed better bacteria – it learns to become more resistant.

Washing your hands with warm/hot water and regular soap without any antibacterial properties has the same effect as using an antibacterial soap/liquid. Just an FYI.

neverawake's avatar

Very well, I use it all the time.

thriftymaid's avatar

It’s considered one of the good sanitizing products.

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