Hand sanitiser is a liquid, gel, or foam generally used to decrease infectious agents on the hands. In most healthcare settings alcohol-based hand sanitisers are preferable to hand washing with soap and water. Reasons include it being better tolerated and more effective at reducing bacteria.

Many consumers have had to purchase hand sanitiser as of late due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chemtoll has responded to this crisis and manufactures hand sanitisers in bulk to World Health Organisation standards.

In this article we address several frequently asked questions and facts surrounding hand sanitisers.

Not all hand sanitisers will do the job.

Research has shown that sanitisers with an alcohol concentration of 60–95% are more effective in killing germs than others. The ingredient you need to look out for on the label of your hand sanitiser bottle is ethyl alcohol, also known as ethanol. It is quite possible that hand sanitisers with a lower percentage of alcohol might not work well for different types of germs. They may reduce the growth of germs but not kill them. Therefore, if your only option is hand sanitiser (as opposed to soap and water), make sure the product you plan on using is up to the recommended standard of 80 percent alcohol. To get as much benefit as possible from hand sanitisers cover all surfaces of your hands with the hand sanitiser and rub them together until they are dry.

The debate of hand sanitisers vs soap

Research on whether hand sanitiser is better than soap presents two schools of thought.

Almost all health professionals would claim that soap and water is the best way to keep your hands free of all bacteria, in the event that you aren’t close to a sink and need to wash your hands, the experts claim this should be your first choice, and that alcohol-based hand sanitisers  should be used as an alternative only when you don’t have access to soap and water.

On the other hand, Ethanol is so powerful that several studies have concluded that in high enough concentrations, alcohol is better at getting rid of several species of bacteria and germs in comparison to washing your hands with regular soaps. Another benefit of alcohol is that the bacteria and germs it kills do not develop a resistance to it, therefore alcohol won’t lose its effectiveness even with continuous use.

Then again, in support of the soap argument, hand sanitiser may aid in killing viruses and certain bacteria and germs but does not remove actual dirt and debris from your hands like the use of soap and water does. Sanitiser. Soap kills germs, binds them, and aids in removing them, along with the water, off your hands and into the drain.

How can hand sanitiser help businesses in their response to the COVID-19 threat?

It has become a requirement for businesses to have hand sanitisers available for their customers and employees to use on their premises. Placing hand sanitiser dispensers throughout your office, store or factory can become costly if you are not purchasing in bulk. It is therefore sensible for all businesses to purchase hand sanitiser in bulk from a bulk manufacturer and alcohol-based hand sanitiser supplier like Chemtoll.

By purchasing hand sanitisers in bulk you reduce the price per unit and therefore you reduce your costs in the long run. Stay safe and decrease the spread of viruses and bacteria around your facility by making hand sanitisers easily available and encourage their use.

Furthermore, when you order bulk hand sanitiser from Chemtoll, you are guaranteed of its quality as all our hand sanitiser products are manufactured to World Health Standard standards and regulations.

Chemtoll Chemical Toll Manufacturers is a Cape Town based Level 1 BBBE and ISO 9001 accredited expert in the supply and manufacturing of bulk chemicals including alcohol-based hand sanitiser. As your trusted partner in bulk chemical manufacturing, Chemtoll is the perfect toll manufacturer for your needs. We will help you to not only produce a quality product, but also to perfect your recipes and formulas. Contact us on +27 21 842 2963 for a need’s analysis, a comprehensive quote, or for more information on alcohol-based hand sanitiser or the other products we offer.