Hand sanitiser use has become part of the everyday normal due to the coronavirus, now used regularly in the home and workplace. But when is it ok and not ok to use? As hand cleanliness is one of the most important hygiene practices and preventative measures for containing coronavirus, it’s important to know.
In the simplest terms sanitising your hands can be successfully achieved by washing with soap and water. However, it is obvious that in certain circumstances, where there is no readily available supply of water, this is far from practical and a hand sanitiser is the ideal solution.
Many studies have found that hand sanitisers with an alcohol concentration between 60–95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based. Those hand sanitisers with 60% or lower alcohol content may not work as well on many types of germs or may only reduce the growth of germs rather than kill them outright.
Visibly dirty or greasy hands:
Studies have shown that hand sanitisers work well on hands that have come into contact with germs, however when hands are visibly dirty or greasy it’s a different story. Some data states that hand sanitisers may work well against certain types of germs on slightly soiled hands, but if hands are heavily soiled or greasy, hand sanitisers may not be as effective. In these instances, washing with soap and water is recommended.
Contact with harmful chemicals:
A few studies in the effectiveness of hand sanitisers on harmful chemicals, such as pesticides or heavy metals, have shown that hand sanitisers probably cannot remove or inactivate many types of harmful chemicals. If you’ve touched harmful chemicals, it is advised to wash carefully with soap and water, or as directed by a poison control centre.
In short, the most effective way to protect yourself is with the use of use hand sanitiser when appropriate. Use a coin sized drop of sanitiser and spread it all over your hands and fingers, covering the surface until your hands are dry. Have a look at our website for great deals on quality 70% alcohol hand sanitisers.