Doubts about Haanitizer? Let’s come clean!
What does a hand-sanitizer actually work on?
Our hand sanitizer is made out of:
The key ingredient is alcohol (65%): it attacks and destroys de viral capsid surrounding most viruses and germs which is indispensable for their survival and multiplication.
Other components such as aloe vera or fragrances, makes it not only effective, but also hydrates your hands and makes them smell good. Not enough with good news? Here’s one more:
Standard alcohol-based hand sanitizer (ie. alcohol content of 60%) only kills certain microrganisms.
DOES IT REALLY KILL ALL THE GERMS?
Indeed, it is true that it kills 99,9% of the germs, but there is a twist: depending on the regulations for each country, we can communicate it one way or another. The difference is if it has been registered as a cosmetic or a biocide. In fact, HAAN is cosmetic in some countries and biocide in others, purely legal aspects!
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOAP & WATER VS HAANITIZER?
The best way to keep your hands completely clean and prevent the spread of infectious diseases is to wash your hands with soap and water. This combination removes the grease that can hold germs on your hands and it destroys the barriers of all types of viruses.
Hands can get very greasy in common activities: after people handling food, play sports, work in the garden, or go camping or fishing. When hands are heavily dirty, hand sanitizers may not work well whilst soap and water do. The same happens when talking about harmful chemicals, like pesticides and heavy metals.
When use HAAN then? Our hand-sanitizer is a practical alternative when soap and water are not available as it also offers protection against disease-causing germs
The perfect situation is in environments without water and soap access. Imagine yourself in the street, working in the office, right before eating or right after touching a public surface. As well in places like hospitals, where there is no dirt but a lot of germs going around.
HOW TO USE IT?
If you use one of our sprays, as you would with soap and water, you should make sure that you cover the entire surface of the hands (including the space between the fingers, wrists, palms, back and nails) and rub for at least 20 seconds to obtain a thorough cleaning. When used correctly, it can inactivate many types of microbes but keep in mind to use the right amount and do not rinse!
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Manal Mohammed (Lecturer, Medical Microbiology, University of Westminster)
Benhur Lee (Professor in Microbiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)