At the start of the coronavirus lockdown, the world went crazy for hand sanitisers. Products flew off the shelves, leaving many people without the chance to stock up. There were even examples of unscrupulous individuals selling hand sanitisers on online marketplaces for vastly inflated sums. The appetite for hand hygiene solutions is still strong as we think about how to keep ourselves protected against germs and infections, but did you know that there are certain issues with long term use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers?
It seems like hand sanitizing is here to stay, so we need to make sure that the gels and foams we use are friendly to our skin and our children’s skin. Find out more about the magical ingredient that we use in GermzAway’s 99.999% effective hand sanitiser as well as finding out why we don’t make alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
The Benefits of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitisers
Firstly, it is worth mentioning that there are good reasons why alcohol-based hand sanitisers are so popular. They are effective at killing germs and bacteria when used as part of your hand hygiene routine, or when you do not have access to a sink.
In busy environments such as schools or hospitals, this is great for halting the spread of illnesses. However, the long-term effects of alcohol-based hand sanitizers give cause for concern.
The Long-Term Effects of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitisers
Although many alcohol-based hand sanitisers contain moisturisers nowadays, it is still common for them to strip away the natural oils that retain moisture, drying the skin when used over a long period of time. This could lead to them becoming chapped and even opening up small cuts on your hands. If you already have dry hands, the alcohol in these hand sanitisers can further affect them. In addition, when you use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser on skin with cuts, it can cause irritation and pain.
There are some potential links between alcohol-based hand sanitisers and hand dermatitis. This is due to the sanitisers disrupting the body’s natural pH as well as its barrier, sometimes leading to swelling and itching, among other symptoms.
These hand sanitisers can also be dangerous for children, due to the alcohol content. Parents need to pay close attention to how their children are applying the sanitiser, ensuring that it is fully rubbed in and the child is not able to ingest any of it from their hands.
Our Alternative to Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitisers
The magical ingredient we use in order to offer an alternative to alcohol-based hand sanitisers is Chlorhexidine. This is a disinfectant and antiseptic that is widely used in the dental industry. It is hugely effective at fighting off bacteria and infections, and is used as a mouthwash, for disinfecting skin before surgery, as well as sterilising medical equipment.
Many medical workers use it as part of their hand hygiene routine, which shows the high esteem in which it is held in an environment in which cleanliness is of utmost importance. Chlorhexidine is an alternative to alcohol in our hand sanitiser as it provides a mighty 99.999% effectiveness when it comes to killing germs and bacteria, but without drying out the hands. This means that it is less harmful and more child-friendly when used over time in a range of different environments.
The Importance of Being 99.999% Effective
We like to shout about GermzAway’s powerful hand sanitiser being 99.999% effective because it is important that the sanitizer you choose to keep with you gives you the best chance of killing as many bacteria as possible. You may see some other sanitiser brands bragging about being 99.9% effective and think there is not much difference between the two, but in fact the gap is very significant.
Put it this way, if you use a 99.9% effective cleaning product on an area with a million bacteria, it would leave behind 1000 bacteria afterwards. However, they could multiply to create 64,000 bacteria just two hours later.
When you use a 99.999% effective product, such as GermzAway, only ten bacteria would be left behind out of the original 1 million. Using the same multiplying factors, after two hours there would be just 640 bacteria present.
Many alcohol-based hand sanitisers promise 99.9% effectiveness, but we can offer 99.999% and that is without using alcohol to create our hand hygiene solution.