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. Find us at Clicks store or purchase directly from us here.
Be Wise, Sanitise! With all that’s going on with the Corona Virus right now, people have gone made buying hand sanitisers! In fact, you will be lucky to find one in the shops right now! So, why does everyone want one? Well, hand sanitisers 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. Benefits Hand sanitisers 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 sanitisers. 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. Studies show that adding hand sanitizers to classrooms can reduce student absenteeism due to illness by 20 per cent. What's more, many kids think instant hand sanitizers are fun to use. Limitations Not all hand sanitisers are created equally. Check the bottle for active ingredients. The alcohol content may be in the form of ethyl alcohol, ethanol or isopropanol. All of those are acceptable forms of alcohol. Be certain that no matter which type of alcohol is listed, its concentration is between 60 and 95 per cent. Alcohol content of less than 60 per cent isn't enough to be effective. Alcohol does not cut through grime. All dirt, blood and soil must be wiped or washed away first if the alcohol in the sanitiser is to be effective. In such cases, hand-washing with soap and water is advised. Hand sanitisers are not cleaning agents and are not meant as a replacement for soap and water, but as a complementary habit. Sanitisers are most effective when used in conjunction with diligent hand-washing. The use of hand sanitisers 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.