No, I'm not a germophobe. No, I don't think it's better than soap and water. I love it because it's a multi-tasker!
Drop a bottle of this stuff in your bag and you're good in just about any emergency.
Have you even been walking through your day and you realized that your deodorant has worn off, was not strong enough or you forgot it all together. Rub a little Purell on your pits and you're good to go!
Emergency Lense Cleaner
I have a kid who NEVER cleans his glasses. I mean NEVER! If we're out and about and I notice a layer of grunge on his specs, I reach for the purell. I smear a drop on each lense and clean with a soft cotton cloth (usually his t-shirt). Voila! Clear vision.
Other uses include:
Bug Bite itch relief
Surface sanitizer (desks, table tops, bus seat)
Sticky spot remover (ever put you arm down on a sticky fast food table). A few drops of purell cleans up the mess.
To be clear, if I have deodorant, windex or a bottle of Pine sol, I'll reach for those first. If I don't, it's purell to the rescue!
Also, know that i'm a hand sanitizer purist. It doesn't have to be "Purell" brand sanitizer. I don't like the scented versions or the kind that also makes your hands soft. I like my hand sanitizer straight, no chaser. Just alcohol and whatever makes it gel. That's all!