Hand Sanitizer is a fluid, gel, or powder. It’s usually used to reduce bacteria on the hands after using public bathrooms. In most establishments normal washing alone is usually preferred.
But if you suffer from allergies, diabetes, asthma, other health conditions. Or have a compromised immune system more than normal sanitizing may be necessary.
Sanitizers are used for disease control and prevention. They may be effective at killing the spread of viruses, bacteria, and viruses associated with those diseases.
Water or Alcohol
This disinfectants can be purchased in grocery stores or pharmacies. The majority of these decontaminant cleanser do contain either water or alcohol.
To be safe, a disinfectant cleanser should be alcohol-based, containing at least 60 percent ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol. Methanol, according to the FDA, “is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizer products and can be toxic.
Centers for disease control indicate that both of these substances are effective. They also point out both are effective for cleaning up yourself, but only alcohol is effective against microorganisms.
Disinfectant detergents are available in various concentrations. Some of these products can be purchased at health food stores. While others are available at specialty stores or online.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the manufacture of Hand Sanitizers. The FDA requires manufacturers to test each product for potency before they are distributed to retailers.
Manufacturers must also test the product for quality, suitability, and safety for each individual’s use. Each product must meet specific guidelines laid out by the FDA before it can be marketed.
Is it safe to handle food after using an decontaminant cleanser? Using a sanitizer before handling food is generally considered safe.
In Canada, workers in the food industry are allowed to use disinfectant sanitizers which have been approved by Health Canada.
There’s a big difference between cleaning and sanitizing. Cleaning removes food and other types of soil from a surface such as a countertop or plates.
Sanitizing reduces the number of pathogens on that clean surface to safe levels. Surfaces must be cleaned, rinsed, sanitized, and allowed to air dry
Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs.
But by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects.
Do they really work?
Alcohol-based sanitizers may kill a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses, but isn’t effective on all germs.
Healthcare professionals recommend washing with soap and water. It’s more effective than using detergent, but when soap and water aren’t available, sanitizer is an effective alternative.
Although many hand sanitizers are safe for children. There is some concern over the dangers of the chemicals used in many of them.
Children should not be given any kind of sanitizers until their parents know they can use them safely.
A word of caution here. Children should never be given a product that contains chlorine because chlorine gas. Even when they are old enough to eat, they should not consume foods that contain chlorine gas as it is harmful to them.
When you’re out in public, you never know what’s on that shopping cart or door handle. For that matter anything and everything else that can be touched by other people.
Doctors say that if you clean or sanitize yourself continuously, when out in public. You will lessen the chance to receive a germ, bacteria or virus that could be transferred to your hand from a mere touch of something.
Using soap and water are may be the best way for washing your hands. It just may be the most effective way for control and prevention of the Covid-19 along with social distancing.