The Great Germ-Stopping Debate: Alchohal-Based vs Alchohal-Free Hand Sanitizers

Posted by admin on 30-Jan-2017

In these highly contagious and sickly times that is the 2016 and 2017 cold and flu are not the only thing in the air, We have faced many epidemics and pandemics from the Zyka Virus to Swine Flu and today’s condition have left hand sanitizers a standard, necessary equipment to help us thwart off infectious bacteria, germs and pathogens.

When soap and water are not available, there’s no better option to keep our hands clean than a hand sanitizer. The most trusted hand sanitizer ingredient proven extensively to eradicate germs on hands is alcohol. But as the formula for creating the most effective hand sanitizers and consumers’ preferences continue to evolve, many hand sanitizer companies are developing nondrying, alcohol-free sanitizers. These alcohol-free sanitizers contain antimicrobials that offer long-lasting germ protection without drying hands much like Winova’s Safe Hands that uses a special Proprietary Polymer to protect your hands.

But the question some skeptical scientists have for alcohol-free hand sanitizers is: Do they work as well in the real, germ-plagued world as they do in the lab?

There are compelling cases for both alcohol-based and alcohol-free hand sanitizers. For most folks, the compelling reasoning for their choice of hand sanitizer is what feels best on their skin. Before we break down the strengths and weaknesses of both types of hand sanitizer, let’s be clear: Both alcohol-based and non-alcohol hand sanitizers stop germs dead in their tracks.

The Case for Alcohol-Based Sanitizers:

  • They’re nearly as 100 percent reliable as the calendar. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers, wipe out 99.9 percent of most common germs in as little as 15 seconds.  Powered by 60-65%% grain-based ethanol, or Isopropyl Alcohol, leaves hands feeling clean and refreshed with the strong smell of perfume or alcohol.
  • Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Controls calls them a more reliable germ killer. According to the CDC, many studies have found that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60-95 percent are more effective in killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based sanitizers. Plus, there is much published research showing the real-world benefits of alcohol-based sanitizers and its use reducing illnesses and infections among students.
  • The CDC reports alcohol-free hand sanitizers may not work equally well for all classes of germs.
  • There’s no doubt about their effectiveness. The biggest problem in assessing the effectiveness of alcohol-free sanitizers, Hand Hygiene reports, is the lack of a standardized ingredient list.

The Case for Alcohol-free Hand Sanitizers:

  • They don’t dry out hands, a fact that makes them very popular among nurses. Alcohol-free hand sanitizers don’t strip away oils in our skin that retain moisture.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the website Safe Hands conducted a study at California State University in Fresno where 20 volunteers used a alcohol-free hand sanitizer 10 times over several hours and experienced no redness or visual signs of irritation on their hands.
  • They are fragrance-free, making them a preferable option for users who don’t want the odour of hand sanitizer on their hands.
  • Possibly longer protection against germs: Winova Safe Hands boast of up to 3 hours of defence against bacteria and germs after application with upto 99.9995% efficacy against Bacteria. Winova, uses 0.75% benzolkonium chloride in its products and yet we boast upto 3 hours of protection and more.
  • Benzalkonium chloride, a popular ingredient in alcohol-free sanitizers Winova Safe Hands, is a recognized antiseptic and known bacteria killer that uses Benzolkonium Chloride.
  • Cost control, especially for consumers buying in bulk like schools and doctor’s offices.Alcohol-free foam hand sanitizers are less expensive than alcohol-based sanitizers. Although a gallon of each may cost the same, users typically will get 2,000-3,000 more applications out of foaming hand sanitizersbecause the dispensing mechanism adds air to the solution during application, making the product go much further before running out
  • The effectiveness of alcohol-free hand sanitizers is scientifically proven, which is much like Winova’s Safe Hands which has passed the European Standard Tests of EN 13697, EN 1500 and EN 14476 which removes Bacterial Strains of E-Coli, Influenza A H1N1 and MRSA.
  • Added Bonus, Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizers don’t strip away the good bacteria in your hands. They just remove the harmful ones, allowing your skin to be healthy and fresh.

In the end, It may be a preference of Choice for the final customer, but Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizers are the Electrical Car Concept of the Hygiene Industry. It is the next step in Innovative Hygiene Care.