Are all hand sanitisers equal?

We think not!

By now we all know that the best and most recommended way to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria is to wash your hands. But in instances where you might not be near a bathroom or just want extra protection, hand sanitisers are the next best thing (or best additional thing) — especially as we’re all trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

When it comes to hand sanitiser, there are two types of people: Some of us have kept a little bottle in our bag for a decade, while others only associate it with hospitals and doctors.

Either way, there are millions of hand sanitisers available on the shelves now – ranging from R30 for 250mls, right through to R175 for 250ml’s.

Are some brands ripping you off or is there actually a difference in the product?

The first thing you need to look out for is that it contains at least 60% alcohol in it!

Look for one of these three active ingredients on the label: ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or benzalkonium chloride. Those ingredients all indicate that the formula contains alcohol and so, you know, you’ll be covered.

Other active ingredients, may allow the manufacturer to sell you a cheaper product but may be ineffective.

Alcohol-free sanitisers (which are advertised for those with eczema) rely on other ingredients and are not effective in killing the type of germs that can cause norovirus and coronavirus.

Beyond the alcohol levels, there’s not much to it really. Some will be fragranced, some will come in nice packaging and some will be produced by small, local companies – all, which will have an additional cost to the sanitiser. 

At the end of the day, which one you choose to use is your choice – as long as you are using one!

Motley Crew Hive Five Hand Sanitisers come in a handy 250ml bottle (R79.99), which is perfect for the hand or school bag and a value size 500ml bottle (R119.99), which is perfect for home use.

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