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Tuesday, 16 Iyyar, 5779
  |  May 21, 2019

    Using Hand Sanitizers on Shabbos

    Question for the rabbi: May I rub Purell hand sanitizer into my hands on Shabbos? Full Story

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    Dovid
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    Dovid

    Thanks. Was wondering about the liquid soap recently…

    Appreciate this
    Guest
    Appreciate this

    With all the germs around sanitizing is so important. Also when visiting in hospitals it is important as a precaution to catching and transmitting germs.

    Wow, thank you!
    Guest
    Wow, thank you!

    This is great. In depth, but clear and super-easy to read. Not just the text, but also the footnotes.

    PLEASE have more like these in the future.

    No trace?
    Guest
    No trace?

    “Purell is a gel … and no trace remains afterwards”? There is definately a resedue left on the hands no matter how much you rub. And also a lingering fragrance.
    Please elaborate. Thanks

    what about hand sanitizers with distinct aromas?
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    what about hand sanitizers with distinct aromas?

    In the answer above, while the Rabbi concludes that Purell is allowed, (I am not familiar with that brand) what about other hand sanitizers that definitely leave a pleasant trace, due to pleasant smell? For example the bath and body works anti-bacterial hand gels, are these allowed or not?

    Great
    Guest
    Great

    Now I can use liquid soap without feeling bad

    Watch out
    Guest
    Watch out

    The machine in this picture is battery operated and may have another problem using it on the Sabbath

    nice smelling purell
    Guest
    nice smelling purell

    i dont believe people are putting on the purell for the smell and that may be why it doesn’t constitute as being a malacha (prolly should ask your local rabbi though)

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