Hand Sanitizer Gel
Before COVID-19, many people would forgo hand sanitizer. While the pandemic has changed the lives of people all around the world, it has also pushed us to take more care to keep our hands clean and disinfect them regularly using hand sanitizer. This simple practice, along with wearing a mask, has been proven to dramatically reduce the spread of the virus. For this reason, it is in everyone’s best interest to maintain a thorough hygiene regimen at all times, not only to protect ourselves but our loved ones too.
With growing awareness regarding not only our daily hygiene routines but also our hygiene routines, while we are on the go, hand sanitizer has become an everyday essential. While we may wash our hands using soap and running water when we can, we can disinfect our hands using a hand sanitizer gel or a sanitizing spray for every other moment that we are unable to. This alcohol solution in quality hand sanitizer will kill as much as 99.9% of germs. Just another reason to add hand sanitizer to your shopping list.
What is Hand Sanitizer Gel?
Hand sanitizer gel is a disinfecting solution you can use on your hands to kill pathogens that have the potential to make you sick and spread disease. The CDC and other health bodies around the world recommend solutions with at least 60% alcohol in order to effectively kill viruses and bacteria. In this concentration, it kills 99.9% of germs. Hand sanitizer gel typically consists of a few other ingredients too.
Typical Hand Sanitizer Gel Ingredients
There are many ingredients listed on the back of the bottle of any hand sanitizer, and it’s important to know what they are.
Emollients – these ingredients slow the evaporation of the hand sanitizer and moisturize the skin. Most good hand sanitizer gels contain some form of glycerin, moisturizing oils, and essential oils.
Fragrances – the smell of alcohol on your hands may deter some people from using hand sanitizer gel; some manufacturers incorporate fragrances to prevent this. Often the use of moisturizing plant oils negates the need for fragrances.
Thickeners – in order to create a gel, hand sanitizer gel manufacturers will add thickeners to enhance the spread-ability of the sanitizing solution. Often listed as carbomers or cross-polymers, these additives turn the liquid mixtures into a gel. They are safe and non-toxic, with no negative environmental impact.
Water – a small amount of distilled or sterile water is typically added to the hand sanitizing gel solution. Water isn’t used in all hand sanitizer solutions, but when it is, it is used to slow the evaporation of the alcohol so that it remains on the skin long enough to kill viruses and bacteria effectively.
Hydrogen peroxide – some hand sanitizers include H₂O₂; if it is included, however, it will be in tiny amounts. It is a powerful disinfecting agent, but it is not gentle on the skin, so you may want to avoid hand sanitizer gels that contain hydrogen peroxide.
Ethanol – this is the type of alcohol which is most commonly used in hand sanitizer solutions. It can be made using petrochemical processes or it can be made through the fermentation of sugars or grains. When made through fermentation, ethanol can be produced in an environmentally friendly manner. This is the same type of alcohol which we find in alcoholic drinks.
Isopropanol – this is the other type of alcohol which is commonly used in hand sanitizer sprays and gels. It is also made using petrochemical processes such as indirect or direct hydration of propylene. Isopropanol is more widely known as rubbing alcohol.
Other ingredients – each brand will have a slightly different formula. You will likely find a few unique ingredients such as cellulose, which will offer different properties, gelling agents, scents, and pathogen killing agents.
What Pathogens Does Hand Sanitizer Gel Kill?
We usually associate unsanitized hands with colds, flu, and stomach bugs, or food poisoning. The truth is that we carry so much more on our hands. The deadliest viruses and bacteria, even Ebola and Zika, can be neutralized using a simple alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel.
Alcohol-based sanitizer kills:
E.coli – a bacterium which is mostly harmless, but some strains are dangerous. The more severe strains may cause vomiting, stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, or even kidney failure.
Staph – there are over 30 types of staphylococcus. It is a bacterium, and the most common types cause skin infections. In contrast, others may cause sepsis, bone infections, pneumonia, infections in the inner lining of the heart, pneumonia, and toxic shock syndrome.
E. faecalis – is also a bacterium. It causes symptoms commonly associated with stomach bugs or food poisoning, as well as headaches, fever, fatigue, shortness of breath, and swollen or bleeding gums.
Pneumococcus – is a bacterium that causes a wide variety of symptoms such as fever, cough, joint pain, shortness of breath, chest pain, and ear pain, amongst other symptoms. Worsening of these symptoms may develop further into pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis.
MERS-Cov – also known as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, it is a virus that results in a fever, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and shortness of breath. Complications from MERS may result in pneumonia and even death in severe cases.
COVID-19 – a new virus, COVID-19–or more formally SARS-Cov-2– has been attributed to a wide variety of symptoms such as fatigue, fever, headaches, coughing, gastrointestinal disturbances, pneumonia. As with many other infections, those with pre-existing conditions are at risk of more severe complications and even death.
SARS-Cov – another novel virus, also known as SARS-associated coronavirus and marked by a high fever, a dry cough, and shortness of breath; complications may result in heart and liver failure.
Elyptol hand sanitizer gel is formulated using natural, eco-friendly ingredients such as eucalyptus oil, ethanol derived from corn and sugar, water, vegetable glycerol, and cellulose. It is 99.9999% effective against bacteria and viruses. The inclusion of cellulose in our recipe ensures the perfect consistency is achieved. This gel consistency makes sure it is easy to spread and rub into your skin, and it doesn’t evaporate before it has had a chance to kill the bacteria and viruses.