Everyone has come across hand sanitiser at one point in their lives, whether it’s in the toilet, at school, or perhaps you carry one for your commute on public transport. They help kill bacteria and reduce diseases and infection.
But what makes it so popular and what are the benefits of using hand sanitiser or hand antiseptic over more conventional methods and generally?
Is hand sanitiser better than soap water?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions, and the answer really depends on the situation at hand (..geddit?).
For example if you have particularly dirty hands then soap and water will be your best bet as the friction of washing your hands will remove the dirt and any accompanying microbes or bacteria effectively.
If you have been on public transport, work in retail or an office environment then it is nor always convenient or an option to wash your hands properly, and this is where the hand sanitiser really comes into its own, as alcohol based sanitisers will kill the majority of germs and bacteria you may have picked up.
It is also worth noting that if you have greasy, oily or grimey hands from gardening or gardening for example that the sanitiser will be less effective as the grease and oil creates a barrier.
Can hand sanitisers prevent colds and bugs?
There are a number of studies available which have shown that people who use hand sanitiser throughout the day (at least 5 times) were actually two thirds less likely to get ill or call in sick.
Using hand sanitisers in families also showed significantly less sicky and stomach bugs than those families that didn't
Using alcohol based sanitiser has also shown to reduce H1N1 flu virus on hands, preventing wider outbreaks.
Is there a right or wrong way to use hand sanitiser?
Whilst most people would think this is a bit of a silly question, you can actually reduce the effectiveness of the sanitiser by not using enough.
You should be using a 5p sized amount of gel and using it cover both palms, tops and in between fingers including your fingertips and nails (a lot of people touch their face without realising transferring bacteria to your face and mouth).
The whole process should take around 30 seconds.
Also remember to let your hands dry before you touch anything or eat anything. ESE Direct supply a 240ml sized bottle of hand sanitiser which will kill 99.9% of germs, and because alcohol can be a bit harsh on your hands it also has Vitamin E and Aloe! (and I have a bottle of this sat on my desk as we speak).
If you have any questions about our hand sanitiser gel, or any of our products, please do not hesitate to call our friendly customer service team on 0808 163 3704
Author Bio - Laura Holland
Social Media and Web Content Coordinator, Jan 2014 - May 2015