Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizeris a liquid generally used to decrease infectious agents on the hands. Formulations of the alcohol-based type are preferable to hand washing with soap and water in most situations in the healthcare setting. It is generally more effective at killing microorganisms and better tolerated than soap and water.

Hand sanitizers were developed for use after washing hands or for those times when soap and water are not available. They are gels that contain alcohol in order to kill the germs present on the skin. The alcohol works immediately and effectively in order to kill bacteria and most viruses.

Common respiratory illnesses caused by poor hand hygiene include the common cold, influenza, chicken pox and meningitis So, Hand Sanitizers are used.

Isopropyl Alcohol (2-propanol), also known as isopropanol or IPA, the most common and widely used disinfectant. Isopropyl alcohol, particularly in solutions between 60% and 90% alcohol containing 10 – 40% purified water, is rapidly antimicrobial against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. The presence of water is a crucial factor for destroying or inhibiting the growth of pathogenic microorganisms. Water acts as a catalyst and plays an important role in denaturing the proteins of cell membranes. 70% IPA solutions penetrate the cell wall more completely which permeates the entire cell, coagulates all proteins, and ultimately kills the microorganism.
Aloe Vera contains natural moisturizers that help restore moisture on dry and rough skin. After rubbing between hands, the alcohol will evaporate off of your hand killing the germs, and the Aloe Vera in our hand sanitizer will remain and form a protective layer on the skin leaving it soft. Carbopol acts as viscosity modifier and propylene glycol act as moisturizer.
Hand sanitizers are convenient, portable, easy to use and not time consuming.
  • Several studies have concluded that the risk of spreading gastrointestinal (stomach) and respiratory infection is decreased among families who use hand sanitizers.
  • Commercially prepared hand sanitizers contain ingredients that help prevent skin dryness . Using these products can result in less skin dryness and irritation than hand-washing.
The use of hand sanitizers is a habit that can help keep us all exposed to fewer germs, and therefore may decrease our chance of illness. Whether you are on the playground, using someone else's computer or visiting a friend in the hospital, take the time to rub some on your hands. It is an easy step toward a healthy winter season.
To use hand sanitizers, place a small amount on the palm of hand and rub it over, including in your nail beds. If the gel completely evaporates in less than 15 seconds, you have not used enough amount.
For Topical Use Only
Do not use on cuts and wounds.