Understanding Hand Sanitizers Better

Understanding Hand Sanitizers Better

Shalindri MalawanaJul 29, '22

Hand sanitizers have been around for years now but it was at the start of the pandemic in 2020 that they became an irreplaceable part of our lives. Now you find them in not just hospitals but counters of restaurants, malls, theatres, schools, offices and even our homes and bags. In spite of being used as a general safety measure, many often have a limited understanding on how sanitizers work to protect us, the correct way to use them and most importantly which sanitizers work best against microbes.

What is a hand sanitizer?

Hand sanitizers are a type of disinfectant that help eliminate pathogens like viruses, fungi and bacteria from your hands. Most hand sanitizers are alcohol based with at least 60% alcohol content and are available in gel, foam or liquid form. The alcohol-based hand sanitizers contain a combination of isopropyl alcohol, ethanol, or propanol.

How much hand sanitizer should you use?

To make the best use of hand sanitizers, all you need to do is take a small quantity of the sanitizer (equivalents to your thumbnail size) and rub around your hands. If you find that the gel has completely dissipated in less than 15 seconds of application then you have not applied enough sanitizer and may need to reapply.

What are the benefits of a hand sanitizer?

1. Kills 99.9% germs and saves us from illness

One of the best things about hand sanitizers is that it can kill 99.9% germs on your hands. It helps save us from host of diseases that can otherwise be caused by unclean hands.

2. Portability

The portability element of hand sanitizers enables us to carry it in the glove compartment, bags or even pockets.

3. Softer hands

Regular washing of hands with soap may make them dry. Today, there are hand sanitizers like Coquin+ clove that moisturize your skin and give softer hands.

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