Hand Sanitizer is used every day by millions – here are a few things you need know!
Soap and water is the first line of defense because hand washing reduces the amount of all types of germs and chemicals on hands.
But, a sink and running water isn’t always convenient. A hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you from spreading the germs to others and help you avoid getting sick1. If you’re using a hand sanitizer spray, spray on both palms and rub on back of hands. Rub until dry, at least 20 seconds, and voila, you’ve sanitized your hands!
Most hand sanitizers use alcohol. This can dry out your hands which can be painful and very uncomfortable. You can use a lotion or cream after your hands are sanitized and dry to help keep skin soft and moist.
More ingredients isn’t always better with a hand sanitizer. Keeping it simple allows you to see exactly what’s in this product that’s being absorbed into your skin countless times each day.
Alcohol kills both bacteria and viruses.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if swallowed.
Hand sanitizers works best on hands free of dirt & oil. Hand washing works better if hands are soiled. Handling food, working in the garden, camping or fishing are a few examples of how hands can become soiled or greasy.
Products should be made in an FDA approved facility – this helps ensure that good manufacturing processes are followed and potency is assured.
Alcohol based hand sanitizers do not promote antimicrobial resistance.
Viruses are passed through inhaling droplets (a good reason to wear a mask) or touching anything contaminated with a virus (door knob, countertop) and then touching your face, particularly your mouth or nose. Count the times you touch your face…a study done by New South Wales found that people touched their face about 23 times an hour.
If glycerin is an ingredient, this helps alleviate dry skin because it is a natural moisturizer.
Remember, hand sanitizers are not created equally. Always check that the alcohol content is at least 60% and extra ingredients aren’t added. The goal is to sanitize your hands, not create a virus fighting perfume or cologne.
Many questions can be answered by this CDC report: 1https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html and this one https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/hand-hygiene.html.
Suzi’s provides a simple, four ingredient hand sanitizer that has 70% ethyl alcohol content. It’s produced in an FDA approved facility, uses organic lavender essential oil, distilled water and vegetable glycerin.
In addition, we also provide lotions and salves that help with dry skin. We’d welcome an opportunity to provide products that provide relief you can feel. If you’d like to give us a try, we’ll take 20% off your order with the coupon code CLEAN20.