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Hand Sanitizer vs Soap and Water

There is an age old debate surrounding hand sanitizers and good old fashioned soap and water. A debate that recently has been thrust back into the spotlight! So we have decided to break it down for good and for all. Which is better between using hand sanitizer and washing our hands with soap and water? Which method will really help us stay healthy? The Signitizer presents: Hand Sanitizer vs. Soap and Water.

Pro Hand Sanitizer: It’s Portable!

One of the pros of using hand sanitizer is the portability of it. It’s extremely easy to find travel sized sanitizers at stores, and even easier to bring with you in public. What better, more convenient way is there to keep your hands germ free when you’re on the move? Hand sanitizers will instantly disinfect your hands, and they can effectively neutralize many types of bacteria, microbes, and viruses, including the coronavirus.

Pro Soap and Water: A Gentle and Thorough Clean.

Soap tends to effectively kill germs and viruses in a gentler manner than alcohol based sanitizers. Soap and water is also able to effectively destroy pathogens and parasites that hand sanitizers can’t – such as Giardia and C. difficile. Soap and water is also able to remove dirt; which hand sanitizers tend to rub around on the skin.

Con Hand Sanitizer: It’s Sticky.

While not all, some hand sanitizers leave users feeling residual stickiness on their hands. And for those of us with sensitive skin, hand sanitizer can be irritating, drying, and too harsh. 

Con Soap and Water: Not Always Accessible

While you could always carry a bottle of soap around with you, you may not always be near running water. Soap alone is not enough to kill germs and viruses; it must be lathered using warm water to be effective. An additional con of soap and water is that it takes a bit more time and diligence to work compared to hand sanitizer. You not only need to lather properly, but for the correct amount of time, followed by drying your hands enough to not easily pick up more bacteria.

What’s The Verdict?

Both hand sanitizer and soap and water get the job done when it comes to destroying bacteria and other pathogens. However, you should always opt for soap and warm water when available. It’ll be the best for your skin, microbiome, and overall health long term. But in those moments when soap and water are unavailable, hand sanitizer is an excellent choice.

Need clean hands in a pinch? A Signitizer, filled with moisturizing hand sanitizer, is your solution. Contact us at 416-640-4477 or info@thesignitizer.com for more information.

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How Long Does Hand Sanitizer Last?

How Long Does Hand Sanitizer Last

While many experts stand by hand-washing being the best option for reducing the transmission of germs, hand sanitizer is much more convenient and practical. And these days, when practical removal of pathogens is imperative, hand sanitizer has become quite the popular demand. As more and more people hop on board, more and more questions have come up. What exactly IS hand sanitizer? How long does it actually work for? Luckily, the team at Signitizer is here to answer all of those questions for you.

What Is Hand Sanitizer?

Also called hand antiseptic, hand sanitizers are formulas applied to the hand to expel disease-causing organisms. They are available in gel, liquid, or foam forms. These hand rubs are widely recommended for use in highly populated settings – from schools to daycare centers and health care clinics to grocery stores. While sanitizers are great at managing disease transmission, this effectiveness is based largely on alcohol percentage, contact time, and whether or not your skin was dirty before use. That being said, alcohol based sanitizers of at least 60% are found to be the MOST effective against bacteria and viruses.

How Long Does Hand Sanitizer Last After Application?

Make sure you are sitting down for this. Hand Sanitizers effectiveness is only good for two minutes after application. A recent survey found that over 50% of the American population mistakenly believed that hand sanitizers were still active after one hour! Despite the short life span, hand sanitizers are still optimal for using in a quick pinch. Those two minutes are imperative after, say, touching a door knob or shaking a hand.

Does Hand Sanitizer Expire?

Absolutely. Alcohol naturally begins to evaporate when exposed to air. And while many manufacturers work hard to create airtight containers, eventually the alcohol “escapes” over time. As this happens, the efficiency of the hand sanitizer is reduced. While reputable hand sanitizers will display an expiration date, if you can’t find one, expect the hand sanitizer to be no good after three years.

We hope you enjoyed these fun facts about hand sanitizer! To learn more about how the Signitizer can protect you from disease, contact us at 416-640-4477 or info@thesignitizer.com.

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Do’s And Don’ts Of Using Hand Sanitizer

With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing, you want to keep your hands as germ-free as possible. While washing your hands is still the best way to remove germs, hand sanitizer is an excellent alternative where soap and water aren’t readily available. However, you have to use the right product the right way for good results. Here are our 7 Do’s and Don’ts of Using Hand Sanitizer!

1. DO Use An Alcohol Based Sanitizer

Your hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. This is because non-alcohol-based sanitizers may keep germs from multiplying, but won’t kill them.

2. DON’T Use A Sanitizer That Has Been Recalled

You can check the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recall page to see if your hand sanitizer is on the list. Some hand sanitizers have been found to use methanol. Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, can cause blindness or death if absorbed through the skin.

3. DON’T Make Your Own

In today’s DIY world, it can be tempting to make your own hand sanitizer. However, homemade hand sanitizers may not be effective and can sometimes be harmful if mixed improperly.

4. DO Check Your Hands For Dirt

If your hands are visibly dirty or greasy, hand sanitizers may not work well. Stick to tried-and-true handwashing in this case!

5. DON’T Rely On Hand Sanitizer To Remove Harmful Chemicals

If you’ve come in contact with pesticides and heavy metals, wash your hands carefully with soap and water. Depending which chemicals you were exposed to, you may need to call a poison center.

6. DO Take Your Time

Use enough sanitizer to cover all parts of your hands and fingers. Rub your hands together until they feel dry, this should take around 20 seconds. There is no need to rush! Hand sanitizer may not be as effective if you rinse or wipe it off before your hands are dry.

7. DO Be Careful Around Kids

Keep hand sanitizers out of the reach of young children, who might mistake them for food or candy. In 2020 alone, U.S. poison centers received nearly 25,000 calls about hand sanitizer exposure in kids 12 and younger.

Curious about how the Signitizer can help your clients use hand sanitizer correctly? Contact us today at 416-640-4477 or info@thesignitizer.com.