Can Hand Sanitizer Protect You and Does It Kill Viruses?

Can Hand Sanitizer Protect You and Does It Kill Viruses?

Since the onset of the global pandemic known as COVID-19, we have all looked for ways to stay safe and navigate our lives in this new, ever-changing landscape. Things that were once easy to come by (toilet paper, anyone?), have now become luxuries in a market plagued with consumer hoarding and manufacture price gouging. Shortages on things we depend on for basic needs have shone light on some pretty unethical business practices. 

For instance, when demand outpaced the supply of hand sanitizer, sales grew by 239% online in March 2020. The average price for a bottle of hand sanitizer more than tripled, making it inaccessible or unaffordable to almost all of us. 

If we don’t have access to basic necessities that help keep us healthy, we diminish our chances of staying well not only during a pandemic, but also during times like the normal cold and flu season. 

It’s important that we are able to access basic, at-home care tools to keep our homes and workplaces clean and sanitized. According to the WHO and the CDC, the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol by content, combined with other good hygiene practices, can help keep you safe when colds and flus and other nasty viruses are at their worst. 

It’s also crucial to keep our hands as clean and germ-free as much as possible during the pandemic. Using a hand sanitizer is a great option for helping rid your hands of bacteria when you can’t use soap and water. Before we go any further, let’s find out what causes us to get sick in the first place.

What Causes Us to Get Sick?

We get sick when we come in contact with a bacteria or virus when it enters the lining of our mouth, nose, or eyes. This can happen several different ways:

  • Direct contact. When we touch, kiss, shake hands, or hug someone who is infected with a virus, we risk the transfer of germs from the infected person to us. For instance, if we shake hands with someone and then cover our mouths to sneeze, we could spread those germs from our hand to our mouths and “catch” whatever illness that person has.
    • Droplets. Some viruses are spreadable via droplets in the air. Droplets are tiny, invisible-to-the-naked-eye particles usually made of mucus or saliva. If an infected person expels droplets of saliva or mucus into the air by coughing, sneezing or even simply exhaling, these droplets become airborne and pose risk of infection through inhalation. 
  • Secondary contact. You can also get sick from touching surfaces that have traces of bacteria. If an infected person uses a high-touch surface such as a keyboard or a doorknob and you touch it immediately after them, you can potentially become ill if the bacteria transfers to your hands. Next time you touch your face, think about the last thing you touched.

We all understand how important it is to do what we can to slow the spread of viruses and bacteria. Practicing good personal hygiene plays a huge part in these efforts. 

 What Can We Do for Protection Against Germs and Other Bacteria?

Health organizations, new outlets, social media outlets, your friends and family all have advice on how to stay safe and healthy. Our opinion is to trust the experts. 

Following the guidelines of the top infectious disease expert Dr. Fauci, one of the best ways you can protect yourself during the cold and flu season is something you should practice all year round: good hand hygiene.

If you’ve forgotten the basics of good hand hygiene, that’s okay. 

Here are five basic hand hygiene tips you should practice even after this pandemic is over. 

  1. Wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds. After using the restroom, going shopping, interacting with others, using your devices, etc. And yes, washing while singing “Happy Birthday to You” is quite effective in ensuring the correct duration for a hand washing (though we personally prefer the chorus to “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys). 
  1. Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer (60% or higher) between hand washings, or when you can’t wash your hands. Cover your hands with sanitizer and rub together until dry.
  1. Try not to touch your face. Touching your face with hands that are not clean can allow for the transfer of bacteria from your hands to orifices like your eyes and mouth. 
  1. Cough and/or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, don’t cover your mouth with your hand. Sanitize your hands afterward if using a tissue.
  1. If you work outside the home, change your clothes as soon as you return from work and wash the clothes you were wearing. 

The biggest takeaway is that you should try to keep your hands as clean as possible, and that’s a harder task than it may seem, considering all we do with our hands, including touching our faces upwards of 23 times per hour.

High-touch items and surfaces, handshakes and high-fives, trips to the restroom - the chance to pick up germs throughout our day from any one of these if not all of them is pretty high. The problem is, you don’t always have access to soap and water to wash your hands. That’s where hand sanitizer comes in. 

How Can Hand Sanitizer Help Protect You?

If you owned hand sanitizer pre-pandemic, you probably had it as a situation-specific item (think airplanes and diaper bags) versus being a daily necessity as many of us see it as now. But in the midst of a pandemic, we realized just how easily germs can spread. We realized we needed to keep our hands as clean as possible wherever we found ourselves, with products we knew to be:

  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Easy to use
  • Gentle on skin

For hand sanitizer to be effective, it needs to contain at least 60% isopropyl or ethyl alcohol. It’s important to make sure your sanitizer doesn’t contain harmful ingredients like methanol (wood alcohol). This ingredient has been deemed unsafe for use by the FDA. It can be toxic when applied to skin, and can even cause blindness if it comes in contact with your eyes. 

When a hand sanitizer contains at least 60% isopropyl or ethyl alcohol, it is effective in killing 99.9% of germs, viruses, and spores. Combining the use of hand sanitizer with other good hygiene practices can help keep you as safe as possible during times of peak sickness and in our everyday hustle. 

Maybe you’re wondering how you’re going to get your hands on some sanitizer (pun intended) when it seems like your favorite stores aren’t carrying a reliable supply.

Sanitizer.com has you covered. 

What began as a vision to deliver quality hand sanitizer to the public at prices that were affordable has evolved into one of the most reliable sources for hand sanitizers available today. 

Our hand sanitizer is:

  • Incredibly effective. Our specific formula of sanitizer contains 80% isopropyl alcohol, effective at killing 99.9% of germs, virus, and spores. Your hands will be exceptionally germ-free.
  • Gentle. Our sanitizer only contains a few ingredients: isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, glycerin, and purified water. The glycerin in our hand sanitizer helps keep your hands hydrated, so you don’t have to worry that your hands will dry and crack from multiple uses.
  • Available. We wanted our sanitizer to be available to everyone, every time they need it. As such, we offer a convenient monthly subscription plan that offers you the perfect monthly amount of hand sanitizer delivered directly to your door. This eliminates consumer hoarding and ensures everyone has access to this basic sanitizing item. Afraid of commitment? No worries, we also offer a single-purchase option for those who want clean hands but may have cold feet.
    • We also offer a variety of  high-quality products from gels, sprays and soaps in our marketplace.
  • Affordable. We won’t hijack you with inflated prices if demand increases. Our sanitizers are priced affordably, so you don’t have to choose either your safety or your financials.
  • Safe. We don’t include harmful ingredients in our sanitizer. Period. No wood alcohols and no funky chemicals with names you can’t pronounce. 
  • Multi-purpose. Not only is our sanitizer effective on your hands, it’s great for non-porous surfaces, too. Simply spray our sanitizer on items like smartphones, tablets, countertops and door handles (you get the idea) and allow the spray to dry completely before using. 

Keeping safe during the peak of the cold and flu seasons (and during a global pandemic) is one of our highest priorities. 

Using a high-quality hand sanitizer and practicing good hand hygiene is all part of a good health and wellness plan that can help keep your family safer and healthier. So let us help take some of the stress out of keeping the germs at bay and check out our simple yet effective hand sanitizer formula

Sources:

 

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/pandemic-sparks-price-surge-for-alcohol-used-in-hand-sanitizer-11585915202

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/spread/index.html 

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-consumers-should-not-use

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25637115/ 

https://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/director

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/27933/20201028/dr-fauci-focus-hand-hygiene-instead-wiping-grocery-bags.htm