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Hand sanitizers, containing an alcohol-based cleaner that dries quickly, have become common in portable toilets (Jiffy Johns), where running water and paper towels may not be available. You will also see them in places like the entrance to grocery stores or other places where there are large crowds to cut down on the spread of germs, colds and flu. With research showing that a significant number of people do not wash their hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, an even more effective way to cut down on the spread of germs, increased use of hand sanitizers is believed to be a good back-up method.