Medwin Pharmatech is one of the leading companies in central India involved in manufacturing and supplying SanitilliumTM Hand sanitizers and other disinfection products.
Hand sanitizer, also called hand antiseptic, is a liquid, gel, or foam that quickly kills harmful microbes from your hands in a few seconds without applying water. At present, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is promptly available in the market, simple to use, and convenient to carry with you anywhere. In addition, you can use hand sanitizers when soap and water are not accessible near you, as they also work effectively against protecting you from harmful viruses and germs.
One thing to keep in mind is that all hand sanitizers are not efficient in protecting you against harmful bacteria and viruses. As the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended, hand sanitizers containing alcohol in a 60–95% ratio in the whole concentration are active in killing harmful microbes. Always buy hand sanitizers having active ingredients ethyl alcohol or ethanol concentration more than 60%.
A hand sanitizer with less than 60% alcohol as an active ingredient might not effectively kill various germs like viruses and bacteria. It can only restrict harmful microbe growth but not kill them altogether.
Given below are the components of an effective alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
How does alcohol-based sanitizer work?
- Ethanol: 60-85%
- Isopropanol: 60-80%
- N-propanol: 60-80%
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers kill harmful germs and viruses by directly breaking the outer protective proteins shield of microbes and dispersing their membranes. For exemplar, the alcohol ingredient in hand sanitizer directly attacks the lipid layer that encloses the coronavirus. That makes the COVI-19 virus unbearable to infect any person and grow in number over the hand.
The effectiveness of hand sanitizer
The key ingredient in most of the available hand sanitizers in the market is isopropanol which is used generally as rubbing alcohol, or ethanol which is the principal ingredient in alcoholic drinks. Alcohol is a practical component that works as a disinfectant against harmful germs, viruses, and bacteria, as long as the sanitizer has 60 or above the percentage of alcohol in it.
How to use hand sanitizer correctly?
What to look for in hand sanitizer?
- Read the manufacturer's recommendation and take the suggested amount of sanitizer to the palm of one hand.
- Rub hands together properly (front and back, between fingers, around and under the nails).
- Ultimately spread and rub the sanitizer over your hands & fingers until your hands are dry.
- Use enough sanitizer to cover all of your hands and fingers.
While buying alcohol-based sanitizer, always check that it must contain at least 60 percent alcohol as an active ingredient. However, any concentration between 60 to 95 percent will work effectively for killing harmful microbes.
Meanwhile, hand sanitizer with less than 60 percent alcohol concentration can decrease the growth of harmful germs, but it won't eradicate them. Therefore, always avoid buying hand sanitizers having less than 60 % of alcohol or hand sanitizers that use alcohol just as a substitute, which is not as effective or recommended by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Is hand sanitizer inconvenient for you?
However, there is no evidence yet that proves that hand sanitizers are harmful to your health. Just keep in mind that if you use hand sanitizer frequently or in excess amounts, the alcohol might cause minor skin irritation to you.
Just make sure to keep hand sanitizer out of the reach of children.