Alcohol Free Sanitiser Foam: Myths

There are a lot of myths floating about the internet about alcohol free sanitisers and we hope to clarify some of these questions because alcohol free sanitisers are better for your hands and can be used even if you suffer from eczema. They are typically more gentle on your skin and therefore you can use them more often without drying out your skin and causing painful cracking and open soars which could be far worse for infection potential than not using a hand sanitiser at all.

Are they better than Alcohol?

The Alcohol, which is the effective element of Alcohol based hand sanitisers evaporates readily and won’t protect your hands after the initial application. Alcohol Free sanitisers active ingredients will remain on your hands and continue to kill bacteria and virus particles for an extended period of time.

Unlike the alternatives, it is safe for a wide range of uses and is environmentally friendly making it perfect for washdown applications.

Is it Certified?

Our sanitiser is tested and certified to all relevant British and European standards for performance against bacteria and viruses.

Are Alcohol Free Sanitisers Effective?

In short, yes they are, while 60%+ alcohol will effectively kill viruses it is not necessary to rely wholly on the ingredient to combat bacteria and virus spores which you may pick up in your daily life. It also protects for longer leaving a non-sticky, highly active, anti-microbial & anti-viral shield on skin and surfaces.

Why do we say ‘Triclosan Free’?

Triclosan has not been proved to be safe but many alcohol free sanitisers still contain this ingredient which could be harmful. It is also banned by the FDA as it can interfere with the body’s thyroid hormone metabolism and maybe a potential endocrine disruptor.

So, How Does It Work Without Alcohol?

Alcohol-free hand sanitisers contain something called quaternary ammonium compounds (usually benzalkonium chloride) instead of alcohol. Our alcohol free foam sanitiser also includes Lauryl Betaine which is a skin conditioner derived from vegetables, it is what makes your hands feel soft and supple after use allowing you to hand sanitise more often reducing your risk of infection.

The active ingredient, Benzalkonium chloride (BAK) is a common preservative used in ophthalmic medications and is the active ingredient in skin disinfectants and hand sanitizers. BAK is known to be effective in killing bacteria and enveloped viruses. This active ingredient acts by disrupting the cell membranes of the target organisms and is active at relatively low concentrations (0.12%-0.13%) its worth noting our alcohol free sanitiser foam contains <1% which is more than enough to be highly effective.

Why Use Foam Instead of Gel?

In short, each application uses less product so foam products will last longer than gel simply because the surface area or perceived quantity required is much lower. Alcohol based sanitisers suffer from the active ingredient evaporating so the shelf life of the product can be readicly reduced by simply not sealing the containers well enough.

Over a period of time this reduced usage will lower the overall cost per application for your school, hospice or business even though the up front cost is slightly higher.

Purchase Your Alcohol Free Hand Sanitiser Foam Here:

Clear Protection provide quantities from 150ml to 5l quantities with discounts available for bulk orders. We can even label them for you with your brand should you wish to resell the products. Contact the team for more information.

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