I've never researched hand sanitizer so I don't even know if it works that well. Alcohol kills germs but I don't know the length of exposure required for it to kill bacteria. I don't use hand sanitizer because my hands don't feel clean afterwards. If you use a regular soap it will bind to the germs (including viruses, which hand sanitizers don't kill) and wash them away. How lazy are we as a society that we can't find a sink with some soap?
And then you have industry sponsored research being posted in the news, like in a recent article in Canada where it claimed 'experts say' that washing your hands is not as good of a preventative measure against the flu as we thought... vaccines provide better protection.
I am so tired of the greed and political pissing contests. Just wash your damn hands with soap and that's good enough.