Philip S. Wenz

Hand sanitizers’ dirty record; let soap do the job

“Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.”

– Sir William Osler, M.D., “the father of modern medicine”

I was both amused and distressed as I watched a 20-something mom hastily pull a bottle of hand sanitizer from her purse and squirt some on her baby’s pudgy paws.

Philip S. Wenz, who grew up in Durango and Boulder, now lives in Corvallis, Ore., where he teaches “Creating Your Ecological House” at the community college and writes on environmental issues. Reach him via e-mail through his Web site,

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