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The 4 Best Hand Sanitizers for 2020

April 30, 2020    Health 

Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers

Hand Sanitizers have become a must-have personal item in today's world - thanks mainly to the emergence on the Covid19 coronavirus. If you step out of the house or have people from the outside visiting you at home, a hand sanitizer is your best protection against the virus. CDC and many health organizations have established a 70% alcohol content as effective against the virus. We have therefore shortlisted hand sanitizers with the desired alcohol content and reviewed them for our readers.

  • OUR TAKE
    PROS
    CONS

  • RUNNER UP

    160 Proof
    Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer

    Amazon.com Paid
    OUR TAKE
    • This large bottle of 80% alcohol based sanitizer is an ideal option for large gatherings or people working in commercial areas. You might need to use your own spray bottles and use it as a refill source, but the price is perfect for large scale use
    PROS
    • 80% Alcohol content.
    • Contains glycerin to keep hands moisturized.
    • Large bottle makes it ideal and cost-effective for commercial use.
    • Dries quickly without making hands sticky
    CONS
    • While it is cheap, the large bottle means it can't be carried around for daily use.
    • The liquid has a consistency similar to water so you need a spray bottle to use it conveniently.

  • ALMOST

    Wish
    Hand Sanitizer

    Amazon.com Paid
    OUR TAKE
    • Having a hand sanitizer available on the go is slowly becoming a necessity in today's world. Wish's hand sanitizer is a solution for busy people who need to have a hand sanitizer available at all times. It fits into your pocket and is easy to carry.
    PROS
    • 70% alcohol based by volume - conforms to CDC guidelines.
    • Portable - easily fits in the pocket or purse.
    • Added moisturizer to replace the moisture that alcohol removes from the hands.
    CONS
    • Comparatively expensive.
    • The bottle size is quite small which means it's not the best option for a household, gathering or commercial space

  • ALMOST

    Hand Sanitizer
    Aloe and Vitamin E

    Amazon.com Paid
    OUR TAKE
    • The 2 oz sanitizer is a portable option for people on the go. It comes in a bottled cap which ensures that you don't have to worry about leakage when storing it with other personal items in the purse.
    PROS
    • Alcohol based hand sanitizer.
    • 2 oz bottle will fit easily in your pocket or purse.
    • Vitamin E and Aloe to keep hands moist and soft.
    • Capped bottle to avoid leakage in purse or pocket.
    CONS
    • Most expensive among our shortlisted items.
    • Small bottle makes its use limited to personal only

Hand Hygiene in a Time of Crisis

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We are going through a tough phase regarding Coronavirus and its effects on people’s lives. The economy has almost been shut down and people are staying at home to help stop the spread of the virus. While staying at home is a great thing to do in these times, it isn’t always practical and people need to get out every now and then to get the items they need to survive. In such a scenario, it is important that people wash their hands regularly, as hands are the major culprit in getting germs into our bodies.

Weare all used to washing our hands with soap and water, which is a great way of staying healthy. However, it isn’t always practical and one needs a hand cleaning method on-the-go, especially when out of the house. This is where hand sanitizers come in. The demand for hand sanitizers has sky-rocketed and for good reason. They are a great way of keeping your hands clean and reducing the chances of catching the virus. There isn't enough data to prove that hand sanitizers and general hand hygiene help stop the spread of the virus. However, according to CDC, alcohol-based hand sanitizers have been used to remove pathogens in laboratory settings and it can be said with a great deal of certainty that they will be useful in the fight against the virus.

Important Things to Know About Sanitizers

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Why at least 60% Alcohol?

According to CDC’s guidelines, an alcohol concentration above 60% is effective in killing most germs. The problem with a lower concentration is two-fold. One, a lower concentration won’t work for many types of germs. Two, it may not kill the germs and only reduce their growth, which isn’t ideal as the germs are still there, just in lesser quantity.

How to Apply Hand Sanitizer

You should be able to read the application instructions on the packaging. Put the mentioned amount of the sanitizer on one palm, rub your palms together, and make sure you apply it on the back of the hand as well. Keep rubbing till the hands are dry as wiping off the sanitizer with tissue doesn’t bring the desired benefits. Not using the right amount of sanitizer to start with is a common mistake that people need to avoid.

Are Soap and Water Good Alternatives to Sanitizers?

The answer to the above questions depends on how dirty your hands are. If you work in a hospital, you are better off using a sanitizer as your hands aren’t really dirty but may carry germs from treating other patients. If you are a sports player or have just had a meal in a restaurant, you will most likely need soap and water to get all the grease off. A hand sanitizer in such a scenario may not be effective at all.

Does a Hand Sanitizer Remove All Kinds of Germs?

No, a hand sanitizer won’t kill all types of germs on your hand. However, it will kill all the present germs it has the ability to kill. It also won’t work on poisonous materials like pesticides or heavy metals. If you have come into contact with pesticides or other poisonous materials, you should use soap and water instead of relying on a hand sanitizer.

Is Swallowing a Hand Sanitizer Safe?

No, swallowing an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can cause alcohol poisoning. However, that doesn’t mean you need to wash your hands every time you use a hand sanitizer. You will need to swallow a couple of mouthfuls to get alcohol poisoning. As long as you are using the hand sanitizer as directed, and to clean your hands only, you should be safe.

If you have any more questions about handwashing and hand sanitizers, you can check out the CDC guidelines on the subject.

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