OK, I'm talking about the alcohol in hand sanitizer.   WHAT TO LOOK FOR...

In this season of the flu, people are constantly told that the best and first lines of defense are hand sanitizers and soaps to get rid of as many as 400,000 germs (per hand) that travel with us every day. But with so many choices on the drugstore shelf, what works best?

The key with a hand sanitizer is to use enough of it. Coat the front and back of your hands, getting them wet enough that they take at least 15 seconds to dry. And use sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.  Alcohol-based sanitizers work because alcohol breaks up bacterial proteins, and kills them.