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Choosing Hand Sanitizers

Hand sanitizer is either a foam gel or liquid usually utilized to kill all microorganisms/viruses/organisms on the human. In most instances, hand washing using plain water and soap is normally preferred. However, in some industries where there is a great deal of manual work involving the use of abrasive materials or chemicals, a sanitizing agent that keeps the hands clean and germ free is extremely important. In some situations, it becomes necessary to do so using some sanitizing products. For example, if a machine is being used to clean and sanitize medical instrumentation or laboratory equipment, it is important to have something that kills harmful microorganisms.


Among the commercially available sanitizing agents, the most common is hydrogen peroxide. Although commonly found in mouthwash, this agent has proven to be useful for sanitizing the hands of those involved in the medical industry. Although commercially available hydrogen peroxide is not considered effective as a hand sanitizer, a number of individuals prefer to make their own homemade hand sanitizers. There are a few different homemade hand sanitizers that can be found on the market today.


One of the most common ingredients is isopropyl alcohol, which is a popular product used for mouthwash. Although it has been found to be effective for killing the germs and bacteria in the mouth, a sanitizer consisting of this substance can sometimes cause some irritation to the skin of the hands. Another ingredient commonly found in homemade sanitizers is ethanol, which is also commonly used to wash dishes. However, because ethanol tends to dry out the skin of the hands, it may not be the best sanitizer for hands that tend to get dry more often.


Ingredients that are often found in commercial hand sanitizers include borax and sodium laureth sulphate. Both of these substances have been found to be effective at preventing and removing the bacteria and germs from the skin. Borax is commonly used in toothpaste as it helps to remove the harmful germs that can be found on a person's teeth and in the mouth. Sodium laureth sulphate is commonly used in hand soaps and cleansers to help remove any bacteria or germs left behind after a personal hygiene procedure.

Other products that may be used in the making of a sanitizer include natural ingredients such as aloe vera and apple cider vinegar. Both of these organic ingredients have been found to be effective against bacteria and germs. The use of a sanitizer that contains either of these organic elements is often preferred over a sanitizer that contains isopropyl alcohol. However, although the organic elements are believed to be less damaging to the body than the isopropyl alcohol, there is still some debate as to the extent to which they are actually capable of harming the user. For this reason, the decision whether or not to use an organic sanitizer should be made carefully.


Finally, although many people are more concerned about the smell of a sanitizer, its ability to kill the germs that are found on one's hands should be its most important consideration. Studies have shown that when an individual is exposed to an acetic acid-based solution, which is most commonly found in anti-bacterial soaps, for thirty minutes, the level of germs that are present in the user's hands will decrease dramatically. However, the decrease in the number of germs does not necessarily mean that they would have been killed by the alcohol. It is important to note that the amount of alcohol involved in a sanitizer product does not necessarily affect how effectively it will kill the germs; rather, the higher the amount of alcohol used, the more effectively it will kill all bacteria present.

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