As a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus, which has been spreading quickly all over the world, hand sanitisers are in high demand. In this guide we'll outline the differences between different types of hand sanitisers and remind you that normal hand-washing with soap and water is still one of the best ways to protect yourself from various forms of viruses.
Keeping good hand hygiene by washing your hands thoroughly with water and soap is very effective. Avoiding touching the face frequently, the nose, mouth and eyes if you've recently come into contact with other people are all places to avoid touching if you've recently been around someone who displays symptoms of illness or after being in large crowds. If you find yourself out and about and aren't within arms reach of a tap and some soap, hand sanitisers are a great solution.
Hand sanitisers get their effect by containing an alcohol content of at least 60%, which in turn kills most forms of bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms by destroying their cell membranes.
Making your own hand sanitiser is actually nothing new, and it's something you can easily do in the comfort of your own home. All the ingredients you need can be bought at your neighbourhood pharmacy and petrol station.
For a 50cl batch of sanitiser, perfect for your pocket or backpack, all you have to do is blend together the following ingredients:
For those looking to go big with their home-made hand sanitiser, the following recipe should give you 1 litres worth of sanitiser:
Disinfectants, which is the clinical name for the type of products that hand sanitisers fall under are agents that used to kill micro-organisms like viruses and bacteria. There are different types of disinfectants, some of which can be grouped into biocides, clinical disinfectants (i.e. what is used in the cleansing of wounds), medical technology products (such as contact lens solution) and cosmetic products (i.e. both normal and antibacterial wet wipes).
The disinfectants that fall under the group of biocides can be split into two primary sub-groups:
Surface disinfectant: These are cleaning agents not designed to come in direct contact with human skin but can be used to disinfect large surfaces in the some like the floors, walls, door handles etc. which may be hotbeds for containing viruses and bacteria.
Hand sanitiser: These are agents specifically designed and made to be used directly on the skin or scalp, and act as hygiene products.
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