Hand Sanitizer Spray
In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic shook the world, putting our hygiene practices under the spotlight. Ensuring that our hands are clean and free of pathogens such as viruses and bacteria keeps us safe and keeps those around us safe from the virus by reducing its spread. A good quality hand sanitizer spray kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. Perfect for all your on-the-go needs, you can keep hand sanitizer in your handbag, pocket, or car.
After scientists first discovered germs, they soon found ways to neutralize them using alcohol. It has been used in some form or another to kill viruses and bacteria since the late 1800s, primarily in surgical and healthcare settings. Sanitizer spray has become a disinfecting staple; over time, it has been adapted and improved for our hands and homes. Today, we keep sanitizer spray on hand–in our handbags and pockets–as a quick and easy disinfectant.
What is Sanitizer Spray?
Sanitizer spray is an alcohol-based formula that kills bacteria and viruses by denaturing them in the correct dose and concentration. A sanitizer spray with an alcohol concentration of over 60% dissolves the outer membrane of the germ. This breaks down the pathogen, preventing it from reproducing and infecting you. It’s important to note that the CDC does not recommend non-alcoholic sanitizer sprays because they are not sufficiently effective against disease-causing pathogens. For those who opt for non-alcoholic sanitizers to preserve the moisture of their skin, rather look for a moisturizing alcohol-based hand sanitizer spray such as Elyptol which will maintain the moisture of your hands.
Why Use Sanitizer Spray?
Sanitizer spray protects you from more than the common cold and the occasional stomach bug. In the right concentration, of 60% alcohol or more, they kill 99.9% of pathogens.
Sanitizer spray kills bacteria and viruses such as:
- Escherichia coli, also known as E. coli
- Klebsiella pneumoniae, also known as Friedländer's bacillus
- Staphylococcus epidermidis, also known as staph
- Staphylococcus aureus, also known as golden staph
- Enterococcus faecalis, also known as E. faecalis
- Candida albicans, also known as candida
- Streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus or strep
These are all pathogens which may cause serious illnesses such as
- Fungal diseases
- Urinary tract infections
- Toxic shock syndrome
- Septic arthritis
- Food poisoning
- Hemolytic uremic
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Internal bleeding
The Difference Between Spray and Gel Sanitizers
Hand sanitizer spray is a liquid solution, and hand sanitizer gel is a thicker gel solution. Provided they both have a concentration of at least 60% alcohol and are made using either isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol) or ethyl alcohol (ethanol), the solution will kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. The most significant difference is in the viscosity of the two liquids.
Sanitizing liquids are typically packaged in spray bottles; when sprayed, the sanitizing liquid sprays a mist onto your hands, which can then be spread by rubbing the hands together to cover them fully and effectively kill the germs. Sanitizing gels are packaged in either pump-action bottles or easy-to-squeeze bottles; this allows you to squeeze a dollop of sanitizer gel onto your hands to spread all over and sanitize your hands.
How to Use Hand Sanitizer Spray
Sanitizer spray needs to be used in a very similar way to how one might wash your hands. While sanitizer negates the need for soap and water, sanitizer does need to be spread all over the hands. The sanitizer needs to evenly cover your palms, fingers, between your fingers, the top of your hands, and the tips of your fingers and nail beds. As you would agitate the water and soap while washing your hands, the sanitizer needs to be rubbed into your skin, not just spread on to it. The sanitizer needs to be in contact with the germs for between 15 and 60 seconds to neutralize them; this time frame is dependent on the hand sanitizer. This thorough method ensures that 99.9% of bacteria and viruses are killed.
What to Look for in Sanitizer Sprays
If you’ve tried a few different types and brands of hand sanitizers, you will know that the quality, efficacy, alcohol content, type of alcohol, and moisturizing agents vary greatly. These factors impact how effective the sanitizer spray is and whether it removes the natural moisture from your hands.
What Makes Elyptol Sanitizer Spray Unique?
Elyptol sanitizer spray formula takes many factors into account to ensure that it is a high-quality product. You can count on Elyptol to keep your hands moisturized. A sanitizing spray that maintains the natural oils in your hands–while disinfecting them–ensures that your hands will not dry out and crack after repeated use. No disinfectant spray will protect you indefinitely against germs. After you have touched any potentially infected surface, your hands are no longer sanitized. This is why you need to use sanitizing spray on your hands repeatedly throughout the day. Including moisturizing eucalyptus in the Elyptol formula has ensured that it can be used throughout the day as it is needed.
Elyptol is also made using ethanol rather than isopropyl. Isopropyl, also known as rubbing alcohol, is made using a synthetic process. The ethanol in Elyptol, however, is made using an organic process. While ethanol can be made using a petrochemical process, it can also be made by fermenting yeasts and sugars, which is why it is the same alcohol that is used in alcoholic beverages. This method produces alcohol which is more environmentally friendly.
The CDC and FDA both recommend the use of 60% to 90% alcohol solutions in order to kill 99.9% of germs. Elyptol has the perfect concentration of alcohol at 70% naturally fermented ethanol. Over time, the alcohol slowly evaporates; however, with a higher alcohol concentration, Elyptol ensures that it remains 99.9% effective even after some time. In fact, Elyptol is 99.9999% effective against viruses and bacteria. In instances where the alcohol concentration is too high, such as over 90%, the alcohol may evaporate too quickly to cover the hands and denaturalize the viruses and bacteria.
With so many reasons to choose Elyptol sanitizer spray, now is as good a time as any to browse the Elyptol online store.