Alcohol-Based or Alcohol-Free?
Hand sanitizers come in all different shapes and sizes, and yet many people blindly chose a product unaware that there could be something that better fits their needs. Distinguishing the pros and cons between both alcohol-free sanitizers and alcohol-based sanitizers is an extremely important first step when it comes to making an informed decision. There are compelling claims for both types of sanitizers, but with so many different options available choosing a product could be a much bigger headache than intended. The purpose of this blog is to relieve some of that headache by laying out the facts.
The Centers for Disease Control have found that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60–95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers. SSS Ascend 70 Instant Hand Sanitizer has a 70% alcohol content and kills 99.999% of most common germs that may cause illness. This product is ideal for reducing the chance of healthcare associated infections. Furthermore, there is a vast amount of published research showing how alcohol-based sanitizers can help reduce illnesses and infections among students in educational environments. A study conducted by the Medical College of Georgia sampled 420 students ranging from ages 5 to 12 years old and broke them up into 2 groups. The first group was to only wash their hands with soap and water for 10 weeks while the second group was given hand sanitizer in conjunction with washing their hands with soap and water. During the study period student absences caused by communicable illness was reduced by nearly 41.9% in the hand sanitizer group. This study reinforces the benefits of clean hands in public schools and shows how adding hand sanitizer to that routine can keep students in the classroom and out of the doctor’s office.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers have numerous advantages for overall health, but that still may not mean it is the correct sanitizer to fit your needs. Many people who do not go with alcohol-based hand sanitizers decide to utilize sanitizers that are alcohol-free. One of the biggest claims towards an alcohol-free hand sanitizer is the benefit it has to your skin. California State University conducted a study in conjunction with the website SafeHands where 20 volunteers used an alcohol-free hand sanitizer 10 times over several hours and experienced no redness or visual signs of irritation on their hands. Unlike most alcohol-based sanitizers, this type of sanitizer does not strip away the oils in our skin that retain moisture. Benzalkonium Chloride, the active ingredient in SSS Assure Antibacterial Skin Cleanser, is a recognized antiseptic and is known to kill bacteria. This active ingredient is tough on germs but safe on skin and means the product can be used more often without adverse effects to your skin. This is a major benefit for school systems, as children will be able to stay germ free without having the sanitizer harm their hands. As a result, student attendance levels rise and parents stay happy knowing their children are safe. Additionally, SSS Assure Antibacterial Skin Cleanser contains Aloe and vitamin E to help retain smooth skin and offers an appealing spring-citrus fragrance. If you don’t have a convenient place to hang a dispenser, then the SSS FoamClean Portable Pump Bottle is the perfect fit. This portable pump bottle can be conveniently placed on counters, desks, and cabinets. They are great for school, office, or personal settings and will help prevent the spread of germs while keeping your hands soft and smooth.
No matter what product you choose it is important to remember that both alcohol-free and alcohol-based hand sanitizers are trusted germ killers and should be your friend especially during cold and flu seasons. Make it a point this season to stock up on sanitizer. Your body and everyone around you will thank you for it.
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