Using a hand sanitizer spray is one of the most effective ways of getting rid of germs. That also includes protecting yourself from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hand sanitizer sprays are mostly useful in situations where you’re without access to soap and water.
Nonetheless, it’s important to know when to use hand sanitizer spray or not. Also, you’ll have to learn how to apply a hand sanitizer spray correctly to get the most out of it. Thankfully, hand sanitizer sprays are convenient, and easy to use making them one of the most preferred methods of self-protection against germs and the Coronavirus.
Why Is a Hand Sanitizer Spray So Effective?
A hand sanitizer spray’s active ingredient is alcohol, which is proven to be very effective in the killing of microbes for long by melting away their defensive outer layer of proteins and unsettling their metabolism.
That in mind, unless your hands are greasy or visibly dirty, studies have shown that hand sanitizer spray eradicates germs as effectively as hand washing with water and soap, according to the CDC. This is great news as you are now able to protect yourself on the go, wherever you are, regardless of hand washing facilities. Keep a hand sanitizer spray in your purse, backpack, lunch box, gym bag and car for complete protection and convenience.
What To Look For When Buying Hand Sanitizer Spray
According to the CDC, you should only opt for hand sanitizer sprays that contain not less than 60% alcohol content like the Hawaiian Lavender Hand Cleansing Spra. Our labels reflect the use of ethyl alcohol approved by the FDA as an active ingredient with a concentration of 63%. A higher percentage of alcohol over the CDC recommendation does not imply that the hand sanitizer spray is more effective - and very high alcohol content can be very drying. Hand sanitizer sprays with less or no alcohol cannot offer complete protection against germs.
How To Use Hand Sanitizer Spray
The effectiveness of the hand sanitizer spray you choose depends on so many things. This include:
- How much you use
- Appropriate technique
To use a hand sanitizer spray appropriately do this:
- Spray or pump a sufficient amount in the palm of one of your hands
- Rub your hands together to spread the spray evenly and to cover your entire palm. This includes rubbing it in between your fingers.
- You can stop rubbing the spray as soon as your skin is dry.
Some of the most suitable situations for using a hand sanitizer spray include after touching an animal, after a handshake, or after touching a door to a public place. Other situations include when riding in a public transportation, or after touching a grocery cart. Similarly, after touching any item in a public place that others are always touching such as a payment desk and so on requires using a hand sanitizer.
Hand sanitizing cleansing sprays are made with alcohol that is toxic to ingest. Please keep away from children. Also, if you have children, please make sure to avoid buying hand sanitizers that are packaged in beverage-style containers.
When Not To Use Hand Sanitizer Spray
Despite the effectiveness of hand sanitizer spray, there are certain situations when you should use soap and water and not just a hand cleansing spray. Here’s a simple summary of such scenarios:
- When your hands are visibly dirty or greasy
- When you have chemicals on your hands
- When washing is convenient with access to hot water and soap
- When you’ve been to an area with a high infection rate
To stay safe with your family, especially during this pandemic period, always wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer spray after using the restroom. When convenient, wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to stay safe.