How Does Your Hand Sanitiser Work?

What’s in hand sanitiser?

  • Effective hand sanitiser should include an alcohol such as ethanol
  • Zidac contains ethanol and a combination of ethanol and 2-phenylphenol in its Hospital Grade version
  • Other ingredients such as glycerine and aloe vera act as a moisturiser

How strong should it be?

  • To be fully anti-bacterial, sanitiser must contain at least 70% alcohol
  • Alcohol breaks down the cell wall of bacteria and envelope of viruses to kill them
  • If a sanitiser has gone through proper testing, it will have the message, ‘kills 99.9% of bacteria’ on the label

How does it work?

  • Alcohol is necessary for sanitiser to kill germs and protect us from viruses
  • Alcohol breaks down the cell wall of bacteria and envelope of viruses to kill them
  • Hand sanitiser may be less effective on greasy hands

Hand washing vs. hand sanitiser

  • Hand washing is necessary if you need to remove dirt or grease from your hands
  • Ensure you wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds to remove germs
  • Hand sanitiser is best suited for staying hygienic on the move

When to use hand sanitiser

  • Hand sanitiser is best used when you can’t wash your hands
  • Take a bottle on the bs or out to bars and restaurants in your bag
  • Put a small tube in your children’s pencil case for school

See our range of sanitisers here.

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