Help stop the spread of nasty germs this winter
After having fun running around the playground collecting nasty germs by touching everything they can, your children race back to you, arms held wide open. Instinctively you reach into your bag and grab a bottle of magic sanitising potion.
Parents sanitise their children’s hands to get rid of any nasty germs they may have picked up from the play equipment, soil, or animals they may have been touching. This is so they don’t get potentially dangerous germs into their mouths, on their skin or transferred to others. This practice helps keep your child and others around them safe from harmful bacteria.
As the influenza season approaches, we all need to be aware of germs being transmitted – especially with young children in playgrounds, childcare, schools, and other public places.
We know from scientific research that killing germs on your hands help stops the spread of nasty bacteria. But when you’re out and in the playground, or on public transport it’s difficult to find a washroom after every time you touch a potentially unsanitary item. That’s why waterless hand sanitisers were developed.
How do hand sanitisers kill germs?
Gel based hand sanitisers typically contain over 60-95% alcohol as the active ingredient used to kill germs. Alcohol works fast, but it has a couple of side effects such as; being highly dangerous if accidentally consumed by children, and is flammable. Some people find alcohol based sanitisers dries their skin. Additionally, some report that the smell can be unpleasant.
New alternative hand sanitisers are now on the market. They are made from 100% natural and organic ingredients and use nature’s own powerful and effective germ killer – citric acid. With the right formulation of natural supporting ingredients, these natural sansiters are 100% safe to use and contain no harmful ingredients. These sanitisers also moisturise rather than dry out your skin. Natural hand sanitisers often have a neutral or possibly even a slight sweet citrus fragrance.
Always read the labels to make sure you know what you are using on your skin, and to be aware of any possible warnings or dangers.
Are they effective?
Sanitisers must be tested and verified by an independent laboratory. The laboratory tests the effectiveness of the sanitiser against the most common types of bugs and germs such as; Escherischia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Listeria monocytogenes.
The laboratory checks the results and verifies the effectiveness of the sansiter. The laboratory will then provide an effectiveness rating which the product label can display. If a product makes a claim that it can kill 99.99% of bacteria; then, they will need to have a laboratory report to back it up.
How much is enough?
For gel based sanitisers you squeeze about a thumbnail size (2.5ml) onto the hand and rub for at least 15 seconds. If it evaporates before then you have not applied enough. You’ll get up to 20 applications from a 50ml bottle.
For natural sanitisers you will find a different dispensing system that only requires 1 pump for children or 2 pumps for adults. Because they don’t have alcohol, natural hand sanitisers take about a minute to dry. It is actively working until evaporated. Simply rub hands together until dry. You will get anywhere between 100 and 200 applications from a 50ml bottle.
Not a replacement for Soap and Water!
It’s important to understand that hand sanitisers are not hand cleaners. This means they don’t clean away grease and grime. They are best used as part of a healthy hand-washing routine.
Using a hand sanitiser is a good health habit to help keep you and your loved ones exposed to fewer germs. Wherever you are; in the playground, school yard, using other peoples mobile, tablet or laptop, take a moment to apply some sanitiser. It’s an easy way to help stop the spread of germs this flu season.