I was always taught that you can use alcohol to clean your finger just before testing, OR you can just wash your hands with soap and water. The main purpose of having clean hands was to decrease risk of infection at the finger stick site (i know you also need to get the sugar from that jam off your hands too:-).
Okay, so a little background. I have three different hand soaps in my house: Lavender and Chamomile, Green Tea and Aloe, and Pomegranate and Mango. When I wash my hands (with any of them) they smell like the soap afterwards which means that there's some that soaked into my skin. What I want to know is if the different "flavor" soaps can have different effects on BG readings? For example: the pomegranate and mango has natural fruit extracts in it, wouldn't that increase BG readings?