Okay, antibacterial washes are good to use, however the problem lies that when people use them, they rely on the antibacterial power of these cleaners and less on the washing action used.
Simply rubbing your hands together and letting the water rinse off isn't going to be as effective as rubbing your hands together creating lather and continually rubbing during the rinsing process, and even then, it must be done for two minutes or more.
I initially posted to make people aware that antibacterial cleaners are not the be all and end all when it comes to hygeine. They do work but not according to what advertising will tell you, and certainly not what the colourful animations show either.
Antibacterial washes do kill good bacteria as well. But if you are dealing with young animals or sick ones or any individual that has a repressed immune system, it's better to kill good and bad bacteria to lower risk of infection. In burn units in hospitals, bacteria levels are constantly being kept to a minimum to prevent infection amongst patients, and even the good bacteria is kept at bay.
A lot of things will kill germs, and even then it depends on what is classified as germs.
Heat, water, physically breaking their membrane, (ie scrubbing action), alcohol, detergent, antibacterial agents, antiviral agents, even the old cake of soap and hot water will kill bacteria.
The thing to remember is, these are cleaners and will not make your hands sterile, that is free of bacteria.
What do I do after handling litter pans or injured/sick/young animals?
Well I wash my hands thoroughly. I use liquid soap and hot water. Scrub for two minutes, sometimes more. Dry my hands on a paper towel and dispose of it in the bin.
Sam, don't fret, Dettol does kill germs.