Hand sanitiser, if applied correctly has the ability to be very effective in protecting yourself and others from viruses and bacteria, such as COVID-19. As the World Health Organisation recommends, hand sanitiser is the perfect on-the-go method of cleaning your hands when you don’t have access to soap and water.
However as seen with a lot of health and sanitary products, the coronavirus has fuelled an atmosphere of panic buying. This has resulted in high pricing from third-party resellers and people even trying to make their own hand sanitiser from home, which is strongly disadvised.
SO HOW EXACTLY DOES HAND SANITISER WORK?
When one has no access to soap and water, hand sanitiser presents as an appropriate solution and alternative to ensure hygiene is met. The active ingredients in hand sanitisers include isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), a similar form of alcohol (ethanol or n-propanol), or a combination of them all.
These alcohols have been found to kill microbes by dissolving the outer layer of proteins, thereby disrupting their metabolism. This means hand sanitiser effectively kills germs fast just like washing your hands with soap and water.
However, there are still limitations to hand sanitisers effectiveness.
WHEN YOU SHOULD AND SHOULDN’T USE HAND SANITISER
Use hand sanitiser when:
- You have no access to soap and water
- Before and after visiting someone
- You want added protection after washing your hands
Don’t use hand sanitiser when:
- In place of washing with soap and water
- When your hands are visibly dirty
- When your hands have chemicals
FEVERMATES HAND SANITISER VS COVID-19
In order to ensure hand sanitiser can effectively help fight COVID-19, you should be applying a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Other tips include rubbing it in fully and waiting for the hand sanitiser to feel dry before using your hands to do anything else.
FeverMates have just launched our first-ever instant hand sanitiser line, coming in both spray and gel. Both products are Australian Made and kill germs fast. A little more information about our products.
FeverMates Hand Sanitiser Gel:
FeverMates Hand Sanitiser Gel is made from 70% ethanol vitamin enriched with Pro-Vitamin B5 & Vitamin E and kills 99.9% of germs.
FeverMates Hand Sanitiser Spray:
FeverMates Hand Sanitiser Spray is made from 70% ethanol enriched with aloe vera leaf juice and kills 99.9% of germs.
Both products are suitable for use in hospitality, offices, shops, airports, public transport and public areas and are also both made in Australia. If you are interested in purchasing products from our FeverMates Hand Sanitiser line click here.
OTHER TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND FAMILY FROM COVID-19
During such an uncertain time, there are set things you can do to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and others. Whilst there are no current vaccines for COVID-19, as recommended by the Australian government, you should get a flu shot when it’s available. Other tips include installing healthy lifestyle tips amongst your families, such as getting a good nights rest, eating a well-balanced diet and daily exercise. Individuals should also be practising social distancing and home isolation to help flatten the curve.
Remember we are all in this together and with the correct information we have, the better we can stay prepared and fight this virus!