How To Use Hand Sanitiser Correctly

During this current climate, hand sanitiser is becoming one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your family from germs and bacteria.  Whenever you leave the house for an essential reason, hand sanitiser has the ability to be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. When you don’t have access to soap and water to wash your hands, using a hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

Firstly it's important to understand that whilst hand sanitiser is beneficial there are particular situations when one should avoid applying hand sanitiser. These include: 

Don’t use hand sanitiser...

  • In place of washing with soap and water.
  • When your hands are visibly dirty.
  • When you have been handling chemicals such as pesticides or heavy metals.
  • When someone sneezes next to you, as you can catch their infection through the air droplets you are breathing in, not the germs on your hands.

Use hand sanitiser when...

While it’s always better to wash your hands, there are times when hand sanitiser is convenient. Use hand sanitiser when:

  • You don’t have access to a sink with soap and running water.
  • You want added protection after washing your hands.
  • You are on the go leaving the house.

How Hand Sanitiser Works

When hand sanitisers first hit the market, there wasn’t much research showing what they were or weren’t capable of. Scientists are always researching, so we’re learning more all of the time.

Alcohol kills microbes by dissolving their protective outer layer of proteins and obstructing their metabolism. The active ingredient in hand sanitiser is isopropyl alcohol, ethanol or n-propanol alcohol, or a combination of both.

Research shows that hand sanitisers disinfect as effectively as washing your hands in hot, soapy water unless your hands are greasy or visibly dirty. Hand sanitiser can also not remove harmful chemicals from your hands.

Steps to use hand sanitiser most effectively

Now when it comes to applying hand sanitiser it is important you follow the below steps. Also, note that the duration of the procedure of rubbing your hands with hand sanitiser should be between 20-30 seconds. 

Step 1

Apply a palmful of the hand sanitiser product in a cupped hand, covering all surfaces.

Hand Sanitiser

Step 2

Rub hands palm to palm.

How to use hand sanitiser correctly

Step 3 

Right palm over left dorsum with interlaced fingers and vice versa.

How to use hand sanitiser correctly

Step 4

Palm to palm with fingers interlaced.

How to use hand sanitiser correctly

Step 5

Backs of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked.

How to use hand sanitiser correctly

Step 6

Rotational rubbing of left thumb clasped in right palm and vice versa.

How to use hand sanitiser correctly

Step 7

Rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of the right hand in left palm and vice versa.

How to use hand sanitiser correctly

Step 8

Once the hand sanitiser is all dry, your hands are safe. Typically this takes between 20-30 seconds.

How to use hand sanitiser correctly

FeverMates Instant Hand Sanitiser Line

To assist with slowing the spread & flattening the curve, we have launched our first ever Australian made FeverMates Instant Hand Sanitiser Line. Our products are available in both Gel and Spray form and have been developed to provide a gentle, nourishing, fast-drying formula leaving your hands feeling rejuvenated and most importantly, killing germs fast!

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