Why are sanitizers with 70% alcohol recommended? – Choosing the right Hand Sanitizer.

Our hands are the breeding ground for a host of pathogens and sanitizing them regularly is one of the quick, and convenient ways to ensure your safety.  To know why hand sanitizers are one of the efficient ways to eradicate germs, we need to understand how they work. The Answer is Alcohol. Sanitizers contain alcohol, which kills microorganisms on contact and keeps your hands clean. The higher alcohol content a sanitizer has, the more efficient it is in killing microorganisms. An effective hand sanitizer should have about 70% alcohol content in it, which works well and provides you with better protection from bacteria and viruses. They are also trusted by healthcare professionals since it saves a lot of time and efforts while performing their duties. 

Hand sanitizers and COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has proven the importance of safety and hygiene to us and we are approaching the creation of an infection-free environment for a sustainable future. With governments doing their part in eradicating the virus, we as citizens of the world are given the responsibility to play an important role in the process. Through this article, we aim to educate you on the various things to keep in mind while opting for a hand sanitizer to keep yourself safe from diseases that spread through contact. 

Alcohol content

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are the perfect option to disinfect your hands and are safe to use even before your meals. The higher the percentage of alcohol present in the sanitizer the more effective they are. The ideal alcohol content recommended for hand sanitizers is 70% and it is recommended to go for gel-based ones as they are easier on your skin. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends sanitizers with a higher alcohol percentage to increase its effectiveness on your hands. Moreover, the higher alcohol content preserves the sanitizer from getting contaminated due to germ build-up. Non-alcoholic sanitizers are efficient in reducing the growth of harmful pathogens on your hands but they run a risk of getting contaminated, giving alcohol-based hand sanitizers the upper hand. 

Care must be taken to prevent ingestion of sanitizers as it cause alcohol poisoning. It is however, completely safe to eat meals after using hand sanitizers as the alcohol content in it evaporates easily after application.  

Shelf life

The shelf-life of a hand sanitizer is ideally 3 years, following which the alcohol starts evaporating which reduces the effectiveness. Hence, checking on an expiration date is important.

Ease of use

Using soap and water is very effective when it comes to disinfecting your hands, it is not practical to do so at all times. With hand sanitizers, you get to keep your hands safe without water and it can be used anywhere. Hand sanitizers are used by medical professionals around the world as effective and time-saving disinfectants. It is also important to remember that within 30 seconds, alcohol-based sanitizers kill 99.99% of pathogens and around 99.999% within 1 minute of application. So it is better to wait that extra minute before you say grace and start your meal.

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