Hand Sanitization and Hygiene, Prevention is Better Than Cure!

Germs are everywhere! They can get onto our hands and items we touch during daily activities and can cause sickness. Cleaning hands at key times with water and/or soap, and hand sanitization becomes critical to avoid getting sick and spreading germs/viruses to those around us. 

There are certain differences between washing hands with water & soap and sanitizer. Soap and water work well to remove all types of germs from hands, while the sanitizer kills certain germs on the skin. Although alcohol-based hand sanitizers, containing around 60% alcohol can quickly reduce the number of germs in many situations, they should be used in a controlled manner.

Soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers at removing certain kinds of germs like Norovirus, Cryptosporidium, and Clostridioides Difficile, and many chemicals such as pesticides and heavy metals like lead.

In this context, knowing when to clean your hands and which method to use will give us the best chance to maintain hygiene in all situations and eventually prevent any possible sickness.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given valuable information on the suitability of cleaning methodology to be adopted under practical day-to-day activities.

When to use Soap and Hand Sanitizer

Soap and WaterAlcohol-based Hand Sanitizer
Beforeduring, and after preparing food
Before eating food
Before and after caring for someone who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea etc.
Before and after treating a cut or wound
After using the toilet
After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
After handling pet food or pet treats
After touching the garbage
After changing diapers, or cleaning up a child who has used the bathroom
Entering the house after an outside visit

If your hands are visibly dirty or greasy  
– Before and after visiting a friend or loved one in a hospital or nursing
home, unless the person is sick with 
Clostridioides Difficile (if so, use soap
and water to wash hands).
– If soap and water are not readily
available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%
alcohol, and wash with soap and
water as soon as you can.

DO NOT use hand sanitizer if your hands are visibly dirty or greasy—
for example, after gardening,
playing outdoors, fishing, or camping. If a handwashing station is available, wash your hands with soap and water instead.  

After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, you should clean your hands by immediately washing your hands with soap or using an alcohol-based hand sanitization dispenser to avoid spreading germs.

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How to use Soap and Hand Sanitizer

Soap and WaterAlcohol-based Hand Sanitizer
– Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
– Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
– Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands under clean, running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.  
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities.
-Put enough sanitizer on your hands to cover all surfaces.
– Rub your hands together until they feel dry (this should take around 20 seconds).

Do NOT rinse or wipe off the hand sanitizer before it’s dry; it may not work well against germs.  

Having learned about when and how to clean your hands and maintain safety against germs/viruses using soap and sanitizer. The next step would be to practice them regularly and bring them into our regular habits. 

Hand Sanitization Opportunities

During and after the COVID-19 lockdown, authorities and families are putting great emphasis on cleanliness esp. hand cleaning using soaps or sanitizers. In addition to using face masks, the installation of contactless soap and sanitizer dispensers can improve the effectiveness of hygiene and healthcare measures like mass vaccination/ immunization programs.

Families are installing Automatic Hand sanitizer dispensers beside their house entry gate to ensure the cleaning of the hands of each house entrant and reduce the chances of any virus getting inside the house. The use of liquid soap dispensers in the kitchen and in washing areas also helps to follow good hygiene practices and further reduces the chances of such exposure and spread.

Residential societies are also installing suitable contactless hand sanitization dispensers on each block/floor. However, due care should be taken while selecting the dispenser type i.e. Spray based or gel-based. Especially in situations where there are kids using the system in the house or in societies. In order to manage such envisaged instances, a gel-based hand sanitization dispenser may be suitable. Which can avoid the chance of inhalation of the sanitizer chemicals by the kids with their breaths as possible in the case of a spray dispenser.

key features of automatic sanitizer dispenser

 

Hand Sanitization Products

A lot of good quality automatic sanitizer dispenser brands are available in the market like Oakter, Dolphy, Kent, etc. More details of each brand model can be reviewed at their respective websites OR at the e-commerce portal from where you can check the features, compare them and purchase them as well. You may find multiple models with different specifications for different user requirements like 1.2L, 5.0L, and 10.0L capacity.

Also, you may prefer alcohol-free herbal-based sanitizers over inorganic/alcohol-based sanitizers, which are commonly available in the market since the spread of the coronavirus globally.

EcoHealth Products is a leading manufacturer of Herbal based hand Sanitization products both in gel and spray form. These environment-friendly and hygienic products are pure organic products that contain disinfecting extracts of neem, ginger, clove, and menthol blended into Aloe vera gel with organic binding agents.  Moreover, these organic sanitizers are inflammable and also free from artificial fragrance and coloring agents.

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