Hello, everyone! We’ve been getting quite a few questions about our Get Clean® Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer, so Dr. Erin Barrett took some time to answer. Here we go!
Q: When is it ok to use hand sanitizer and when should I wash my hands?
A: The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. When your hands are visibly soiled, you want to wash them with soap and water. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. If you want added protection after washing, you can sanitize too. So, if you’re riding public transportation, touch a grocery cart, or touch an animal, situations like these are when you should use sanitizer.
Q: How does hand sanitizer work?
A: The active ingredient in hand sanitizers is isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), ethanol, n-propanol, or a combination of these ingredients. Alcohols have long been known to kill microbes by dissolving their protective outer layer of proteins and disrupting their metabolism.
Q: Are all hand sanitizers created equal?
A: It’s important to make sure your hand sanitizer has at least 60% alcohol.
Studies have found that sanitizers with lower concentrations or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers are not as effective at killing germs as those with 60-95% alcohol.
In particular, non-alcohol-based sanitizers may not work equally well on different types of germs and could cause some germs to develop resistance to the sanitizer. Most products contain between 60% and 95%, but don’t assume that the higher percentages are more effective. To work at peak efficiency, these products also need to contain some water.
Q: How does Get Clean® Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer stand out?
A: Our hand sanitizer is strong and efficacious, with 65% alcohol and water, killing 99.99% of many common harmful germs and bacteria in 30 seconds. But it’s also really soft on hands, unscented, and lightweight. We were hearing so many people talk about how dry their hands were, and experiencing it ourselves, with hand washing and sanitizing, so we added plant-based moisturizers, glycerin, and squalene. Ours is safe for the whole family, too!
Q: Lastly, how do I use hand sanitizer correctly?