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Re: [BKARTS] Purell

How funny to ponder the "archivalness" of hand cleaners. Purell is basically alcohol in a carrier, isn't it? It doesn't really clean your hands like soap does, as it has no surfactant that I'm aware of. So while it may act as a sanitizer, it's not necessarily getting the dirt off your hands... for which the best thing is still good old soap and water. Perhaps it's residual dirt that is getting your lacework and tatting brown?


John Cutrone Book Arts Coordinator The Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts Florida Atlantic University Wimberly Library Boca Raton, Florida http://www.jaffecollection.org

On Mar 1, 2007, at 10:58 AM, Marguerite Radhakrishnan wrote:

The elementary school in which I work installed Purell dispensers everywhere, including at the door to the library, and it's school policy to have students douse their hands constantly. I know I can't use it when I do "white work" (tatting and other lace-making) because it eventually browns the cotton, even if I wait until my hands are dry, so I'm somewhat concerned about the effect of purell on the books -- not that we have many special ones, but just curiosity in general. Does anyone know about the archival-ness of Purell or other "water-free" hand sanitizers?

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