In the last two years, hygiene being one of the most basic things, the most ignored too has gained utmost importance. Who would have thought that one virus would make us conscious of keeping our hands clean all the time, ensuring we avoid touching highly touched surfaces. And the use of Hand Sanitizers would be a must. Sanitizers are now a part of our grooming kit, as we make a conscious effort to carry them with us everywhere.
As micro-organisms evolve, conventional treatments have grown less effective. It is essential to use sanitizers to prevent catching diseases that spread through our hands.
How to determine when to use hand sanitizer and when to wash hands?
Hand washing removes dirt and germs from your hands. A sanitizer, on the other hand, destroys all of the germs in your hands. Sanitizers can be used in place of handwashing if hands are not visibly dirty and you don’t have access to soap and water. Essentially while you’re traveling there may not be hand washing facilities around.
Tips for Effective Hand Washing
Wet your hands thoroughly under the tap. Lather the soap between your fingers, under your nails, and on the back of your hands. Rub your hands together for 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice). Rinse your hands well with running water. Dry them using a clean towel or air dry them.
Tips for Effective Hand Sanitizing
Apply enough sanitizer to cover all surfaces of your hands. Rub your hands together until the sanitizer is dry.
When to hand wash?
- After eating
- After touching an animal or a pet
- After using the toilet
- After throwing garbage
- Before and after eating
- When caring for a sick person
When to use hand sanitizers?
- After touching highly touched surfaces
- Public spaces while traveling
- After coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose.
- When there is no access to running water and soap
- When caring for a sick person
- Before and after coming in contact with kids, people with cold and cough or with weak immunity.
- Medical professions, due to emergencies and time shortage.
Ingredients that make good hand sanitizers
The WHO has given specific recommendations for hand sanitizer ingredients. These are:
– Alcohol (60%-95% isopropyl or ethyl)
Some people like to make their hand sanitizers at home, but it’s important to avoid making sanitizers at home. Sanitizers require the right ingredients and in perfect proportions.
Alcohol percentage – Companies use an alcohol meter to determine the alcohol percentage which cannot be done at home. An incorrect proportion of alcohol can lead to skin issues. The dilution of alcohol also cannot be accomplished at home. Undiluted alcohol is highly inflammable and therefore extremely unsafe.
Sterile Environment – A clean, sterile environment is required for every chemical product to work correctly, which cannot be achieved at home.
Lack of credibility – The final product under-goes major tests before it is approved for mass production. A sanitizer made at home cannot be tested and hence may not be the appropriate product.
Skin Conditions – A homemade sanitizer does not contain the right moisturizing properties. It may cause irritation, dryness, bleeding and is highly not recommended.
Following these guidelines too, there are endless hand sanitizers in the market. We always get perplexed as to which one to select and which would be more effective. From this crazy lot, there is one that stands out, the Just Human 24 hour hand sanitizer.
As the name suggests it gives 24-hour protection and hence would be required to spray just once. And you can carry on with your day freely. This sanitizer is created using advanced technology which forms an impenetrable shield on the hands. Once the spray is used the shield dries and stays active for a longer period unless rubbed off aggressively. The shield stays intact even if you wash your hands or touch contaminated surfaces. You don’t need to use the spray again.
Key ingredients of Just Humans Hand Sanitizer are
- 70% Ethyl Alcohol
- Deionized Water
- Proprietary smart molecule – which forms the shield
- Moisturizing elements to ensure the skin stays soft
Where can we make use of this Hand sanitizer?
Schools, colleges, offices
- Public Transport
- Destination Travel
This is designed to kill 99% of bacteria present in your hands and avoids getting you sick. It is also safe for children, skin-friendly, and not harmful. This product has been tested and approved by the DCGI.
Considering how desperately we want to be rid of the virus and diseases. We still have a long way to go. It is imperative that we put efforts to stay safe and responsible. With the right products and precautionary measures, we can fight off anything that comes our way.