If you even think you are an expert cleaner of your home, your desk at work or just about anything you try to cleanse – Fuhgeddaboudit! And that’s a real word according to the Oxford Dictionary.

Germs and viruses are everywhere. GOOD bacteria…BAD bacteria and viruses.

While I’ve been discussing this year’s influenza frenzy in my recent Big Jay’s Big Blogs (I talked about how you MUST wash your hands with soap and warm water, cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze and get the flu shot)just breathing in water vapors from a sneezing person or touching your own mucus membranes from an object that contains the virus can give you one of the strains of influenza.

Now that I’ve smacked you upside the headwith my flu advice, let’s talk about just how clean you THINK you are regarding everyday items.

I read way too much. And in doing so, I stumble on hundreds of articles per day about cleanliness and how hand sanitizers can be of help when you cannot get to soap and water.

We all THINK we clean well. After all, you are a good person and you mean well. My wife catches dust before it hits the ground (I might post a video showing that someday) so I know that our residence is as clean as can be; or IS it?

It turns out maybe not – no offense my dear.

Here is an eye-opening article about everyday stuff (especially regarding your young children) that you do not clean as well as you believe.

Are you sufficiently grossed-out now?

You should be.

Over the course of the last 13 years, I have become an almost maniacally obsessed clean freak. It may seem obsessive on my part, but I think I have that authority; mainly as I almost died due to contracting hospital acquired MRSA, officially known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

There are a few reasons get MRSA – and many other germ and virus related illnesses – poor hygiene.

We all rub our noses, rubour eyes,and put fingers in our mouths…and all of this usually after touching something that contains aforementioned germs and viruses.

Ponder that.

There has been some controversy recently about the use of wipes and antiseptic sprays, and how long their efficacy lasts on surfaces. Read about that here.

There IS a caveat about the linked article above. The brand safeHands® 100 ALCOHOL-FREE hand sanitizer DOES kill C-diff; also known at Clostridium difficile. don’t want C-diff, as many elderly people contract in the hospital…along with MRSA.

Hospitals have FINALLY become hyper-aware of cleanliness. They had to, as many state legislatures mandated reporting infectious diseases acquired in hospitals.

But as you learned earlier, germs and viruses are everywhere.

While safeHands® 100% ALCOHOL-FREE hand sanitizer does kill 99.99% of germs, it does not kill the flu virus. In fact, NO hand sanitizing product (whether it is filled with ALCOHOL or not) must refrain from claiming it kills the flu.

Frankly, the big differences between 100% ALOCHOL FREE safeHands® and products made primarily of ALCOHOL are listed here. SCIENCE!

With safeHands® you get All the Benefits of Alcohol without any Side Effects!

Especially if you have young children or elderly people in your midst, do your best to keep your environment clean. Go ahead, use the wipes, even if they don’t last long as a barrier, wash your hands as often as possible (yeah…especially before and after going to the bathroom, as some of you insist upon forgetting) cover your mouth and use a 100% ALCOHOL-FREE hand sanitizer like safeHands® brand.

Feel free to reach out via email (I actually reply A.S.A.P) at you have something I should address in my next blog.

Smart health starts with safeHands®.

Spread the word, not the germs.



Yes, this year’s influenza outbreak is bad; but it may not be as bad as the media would like you to believe, even compared to previous years.

But the news of deaths is making us cuckoo.

I am sharing another blog with wickedly funny comments about how people are getting nutty about the flu.

This is akin to TV meteorologists just mentioning even a hint of a snowfall, sending scared people to the supermarket to buy every drop of milk, every loaf of bread and every egg laid by a chicken for 300 miles around. PANIC!

Back to the flu. Influenza is usually contracted via water droplets spread through the air.

Knowing that, WHY does virtually every article include a line saying to use an ALCOHOL-BASED hand sanitizer?

Here is an example of a story like that, picked at random.

The glaring error in almost EVERY story recommending you to use ALCOHOL-BASED hand sanitizer is that the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) does NOT allow any sanitizer — alcohol or alcohol free hand sanitizers — to make KILL claims on viruses, including influenza!

NO hand sanitizer can CLAIM to kill the flu.

Accordingly, soap and water IS the best defense against viruses; flu included. Soap works to make the virus on your skin slide off when used ONLY with water.

There ARE differences in how effective ALCOHOL-FREE hand sanitizers like safeHands® brand stack up against ALCOHOL-BASED products with regard to germ-fighting.

First, you might combust if you are near a candle or any flame after applying ALCOHOL-LADEN products. Plus, you could harm your children by putting an ALCOHOL hand sanitizer on their hands to set them on fire! Oh yeah…it happens. Someone is accused of doing just that. See the news here.

Second, some ALCOHOL-LADEN sanitizers dry your skin to the point where cracks can contain bacteria that cannot be reached by an alcohol product. Ask ANY health care professional about how they, HATE alcohol sanitizers for that reason alone.

Every nurse I have ever encountered in a hospital talks about the skin-drying issues when I ask about using those omnipresent ALCOHOL-LADEN sanitizers.

I always tell them to use a 100% ALCOHOL-FREE sanitizer like safeHands®; directing them to the safeHands® website.

A product like safeHands® brand ALCOHOL-FREE hand sanitizer DOES kill 99.99% of all bacteria.

NO hand sanitizer can legally say that it kills viruses.

However; like those alcohol products, the 100% ALCOHOL-FREE safeHands® kills 99.99% of GERMS. And safeHands® kills the TOUGHEST germs such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) or commonly known as STAPH,, VRE   and Clostridium difficile (vegetative state) often referred to as C. diff.

Having contracted MRSA in a hospital, plus being VRE, (see above) I have a unique perspective about the use of sanitizers. It was not until years later that I found out about alternatives to ALCOHOL-SATURATED sanitizers.

After getting a quick education from the founder of safeHands® Dr. Jay Reubens   (while he was on an NBC TV show in NYC called ALL NIGHT WITH JOEY REYNOLDS, that I worked on as the sidekick for Joey) I was convinced this was THE CORRECT product to use to protect myself from getting those dangerous and life-threatening germs again.

Here is the video of that moment. This is a MUST-WATCH; if only for my zany hairdo back in 2011.

You will note that safeHands® brand moisturizes as it sanitizers. The safeHands® 100% ALCOHOL-FREE sanitizer contains the FDA approved active ingredient, Benzalkonium Chloride, killing 99.99% of germs. Read the science here.

I hope that after reading this edition of my blog, you are beginning to come to the conclusion that safeHands® IS the right choice if you wish to use a hand sanitizing product that is NON-TOXIC, NON-FLAMMABLE and NO LONG TERM ISSUES WITH FREQUENT DAILY USE!

Write to me anytime about your thoughts about hand sanitizers at

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Spread the word, not the germs.



I have a love/hate relationship with most deliverers of news.

Daily, we are bombarded with an avalanche of information about every imaginable subject – from politics to mindless celebrity gossip to new studies – AND the FLU.

The love part of my relationship with the “news” is that I have so much information (whether its true or not) at my fingertips.

The hate part is that I have so much information (whether its true or not) at my fingertips.

We are banged over the head almost every waking moment of our lives with news and information.

Often, stories are completely accurate. Others have a spin to it. Still others are totally wrong…or (gulp) fake.

So now we have the FLU problem being reported everywhere we get our daily doses of information. Stories like how local hospitals are dealing with it, how people should wash their hands (duh) after using a rest room, how you can protect yourself from getting the flu – and every story says something like this – when you don’t have soap and water, use a hand sanitizer.

And they ALL tell you to use an ALCOHOL-BASED hand sanitizer.

I have to presume you are reading my blogs for the first time. Did you know there are NON-ALCOHOL hand sanitizers?

Likely not.

I highly recommend using a product called safeHands®. The reasons are many. See for yourself here.

So now you know there IS an alternative–THE alternative to potentially harmful ALCOHOL sanitizer products; safeHands® brand.

While I have your attention, here’s a story that backs up what I mentioned about purported news being either completely wrong or not entirely true.

It talks about how much bacteria is present when people use one of those hot air dryers in public bathrooms.

This articleis recent and was reportedly spread via Facebook; seen by over a half-million people.

For some social media users, if it’s on Facebook, it MUST be true. But read this article and see for yourself that there are holes in the story that started an avalanche of hysteria. New York Times account is here. also did a story that was NOT sure about the debate. That’s unusual for, as they are usually quite reliable about whether something is true or not. Here’s that link.

Many things you take in daily online or via broadcast that even looks like a news story has a slant. Whatever happened to, “Who, What, Where, When, Why and How?”

Many people who disseminate news stories simply take a PR piece and put it on websites, newscasts, tweets and Facebook verbatim; without even checking the validity of the points made! Look at your local newspaper (people still read them?) and you’ll observe plenty of sloppy fact-checking in today’s 24/7 news cycle.

Some are not as lazy.

But what information do you believe?

I guess I am going to be guilty of giving you my slant on a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Hand sanitizers. Remember, I’m not a journalist.

I have been in the media for almost a half-century, but I was only a broadcast newsperson for six months.

So based on FACTS, I will be telling you why you should choose a NON-ALCOHOL hand sanitizer in future blogs. The reasons are many.

You, as an educated consumer, deserve to know the facts.

Visit the website now to read why you should consider safeHands® for you and your children–to keep them as safe as possible from ever-lurking harmful bacteria.

I thank you for taking time out of your busy day! Send me an email about how dry your hands get with regular use of those ALCOHOL-BASED hand sanitizers.


Smart health starts with safeHands®.

Spread the word; not the germs.



What a winter so far, with an unusual number of our hospitals and doctor offices nationwide filled with flu-related cases.

And many hospitals are telling you don’t VISIT the joint unless you are a patient! Here’s just one of many tell you to stay away.

Flu viruses are usually spread via water droplets rather than touching a surface.

When someone sneezes or coughs, we breathe in those spraying droplets and can acquire whatever virus just flew out of another person’s body. I know, ewwww, right?

Add to that, humans (being imperfect beings) can’t seem to stop putting our fingers in our mouths and noses; and we rub our eyes all the time.

Viruses and bacteria (germs) just love to become a part of our bodies as a way of surviving in another organism.

Washing hands often is likely the single most important way to stop the spread of bacteria and viruses.

But what happens if you’re in a situation where you simple don’t have access to soap and water?

You should carry a hand sanitizer; but not just ANY hand-sanitizing product.

Many of those ALCOHOL-based sanitizers can possibly cause dry skin for some people allowing cracks in skin for germs to hide. Those ALCOHOL products are not right for everybody.

They’re also flammable. Duh; it is made with alcohol.

Plus, ALCOHOL-based sanitizers can be abused by people (and that includes kids) by ingesting it to get a buzz.

How about teaching your kids by example?

Let your children see you employ good hand hygiene. Highlight the importance of hand hygiene at home and in the classroom. Maybe you should speak to your school principal to discuss the impact of illness and absenteeism on academic performance and school funding, and the availability of hand washing facilities, and implement the use of safeHands®, an ALCOHOL-FREE, and non-flammable sanitizer.

Read for yourself just how safeHands® is a better solution to keeping your hands as germ-free as possible.

With safeHands®, you get all the benefits of alcohol without their potential side effects. It is not just me saying this.

As a company, safeHands® meets all FDA recommended testing protocols for Microbiological Testing, Stability Testing, Preservation Efficacy Testing, Kill Rate Efficacy Testing, Three Year Bench Testing, Repeat Insult Dermal Testing (Certified by a Board-Certified Dermatologist). Each production run has one test for the active, one for the batch and one from the production run.

That’s the technical stuff scientists and doctors understand.

Laymen, like us, simply want to know if it works to keep us as free from bad bacteria that wants to potentially kill.

Along with washing hands regularly, using an ALCOHOL-FREE hand sanitizer like safeHands® is a wise choice. Like alcohol, safeHands® brand kills 99.99% of germs.

I get comments about my blogs all the time, and I respond to what you have to say. Click here to read back issues of my blog.

Feel free to tell me what’s on your mind regarding hand sanitizers.

These blogs will certainly get you up to speed about making the correct decision when purchasing a hand sanitizer.

If you use safeHands® brand, please tell me what you think of the product. Perhaps I will quote you (with your permission) and give you a shout-out in an upcoming Big Jay’s Big Blog. Share the blogs with your friends and family too. Send an email to me at

If you haven’t tried safeHands® 100% ALCOHOL-FREE hand sanitizer yet, shop here.

Smart health starts with safeHands®.

Spread the word, not the germs.