7 things to make sure you know about Hand Sanitisers
Hand Sanitisers are only effective when they are used properly....
Sanitisers are an effective against COVID-19 when you know how to correctly use them in combination with other safety practices. By keeping the following tips in mind, you can ensure to make the most out of your choice of sanitizer and its daily usage;
1) It’s not a substitute for hand washing
Washing your hands frequently is one of the highest safety practices against COVID-19. This is because the friction that occurs whilst rubbing the soap across our hands breaks down the bacteria within the skin. The water then helps to wash it all off!
Whereas, hand sanitiser kills the common germs right where they are instead of washing them off.
Make sure to wash your hands whenever is possible and only use hand sanitiser when this isn’t possible.
2) It is first line of defence in some situations
While using a hand sanitiser should be your secondary option as compared to soap and water; it should be your first choice in some situations.
This includes your visits to grocery stores, healthcare facilities, restaurants, cafes, and any other public place. By using a hand sanitiser before going into such a facility and right before leaving it, you can make sure to reduce the risk of surface transmission of COVID-19.
Make sure that you have a pocket-sized bottle of sanitiser available with you at all times.
3) Not all hand sanitizers kill 99.99% of germs
While hand sanitisers are available in several brands and different packaging, not all products are made to kill an optimal amount of germs. Even the most popular sanitiser brands may vary in terms of their efficacy.
Most of this difference in performance arises from the usage of key ingredients. As such, any sanitiser that uses benzalkonium chloride as its base component is considered less reliable as compared to a sanitiser that uses alcohol.
4) Make sure to use the correct application technique
The suggested approach is simple and easy to follow;
- Hold out one hand
- Pour a sufficient amount of sanitiser at the center of your palm.
- Rub both hands together.
- Make sure that the sanitiser covers your palms and inner fingers.
- Pay special attention to your fingertips, especially the area at the top.
- Ensure to spread the sanitiser towards the back of your hands.
- Focus on rubbing the space between your fingers.
- Continue rubbing until the sanitiser dries out.
The whole process takes about 20-30 seconds, which is the same amount of time that it takes to wash your hands with soap and water
5) Disinfectants are not made for sanitising your hands
Some people may think that you can use bleach and other cleaners as sanitisation products. Nothing could be further from the truth.
This is because common disinfectants are not made for use on human skin. Whether you are talking about typical household cleaners or antibacterial surface wipes, none of these products are meant to be applied on anything other than non-living surfaces.
Be warned - these products contain such high levels of chemicals upon direct application that they can cause damage to your skin and overall health. This is why, make sure to steer clear from these items and only use a proper hand sanitiser that is purpose-built to be used on your skin.
6) Keep out of reach from children
Among other ingredients, even high-quality hand sanitisers have a high amount of alcohol in them. This makes them unsafe for ingestion and can cause harm to anyone who uses them orally. They are also highly flammable.
Keeping this in mind, make sure that your sanitiser bottles are not simply lying around in easy reach of children.
7) Stay away from sanitisers which are made at home
Going for homemade sanitiser products not only exposes you to further risk of contracting common infections, but also makes you a target for side-effects such as skin burns. Hand sanitisers need professionally-controlled processes to be effective.
In order to steer clear of these issues, make sure that you only buy sanitisers that are made commercially and under strict healthcare guidelines.
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