3 Reasons to buy Ethyl Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers
All Hyjiva hand sanitizing products are ethyl alcohol-based. The science behind this decision is simple: Research over the years has demonstrated that alcohol is the most effective germ-killing agent for use on skin. Perhaps it's no wonder that when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website calls for regular handwashing, the globally recognized health agency says, “If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.” So what exactly does the research say about alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
1. Alcohol is a faster germ-killing agent
Ethyl alcohol-based hand cleansing formulations kill germs in under 15 seconds which is 2x-4x faster than non-alcoholic formulations. If it takes 4x longer to fight germs, you are more likely to continue activities with dirty hands - whether its eating a meal or a handshake.
2. Negligible impact of other ingredients
Other ingredients used in sanitizers include fragrances, colours, and skin moisturisers. These can negatively impact the germ-killing ability of the sanitizer. Since alcohol is not as sensitive to these ingredients, its ability to kill germs is not impacted by them.
3. Science, science, and more science
From the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal in 1903 to the WHO’s Hand Hygiene Guidelines in 2009, science publications over a century have vouched for the effectiveness of ethyl alcohol in killing germs. Alternative agents without alcohol have been tested for nearly as long but their effectiveness has yet not been proven.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wash Your Hands. http://cdc.gov/features/handwashing
- Lambert, R., The Effect of Interfering substances on the disinfection process: a mathematical model, Journal of Applied Microbiology, 2001. https://sfamjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1046/j.1365-2672.2001.01422.x
- World Health Organization, WHO Guidelines for Hand Hygiene in Health Care 7-202. 2009. Geneva. https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Hand_Hygiene_Why_How_and_When_Brochure.pdf