Germs are everywhere. Everything that we touch, breathe, and smell contains bacteria. Our immune system is meant to protect the body from infectious diseases, however, there is still a slight risk that it can be compromised by harmful bacteria or viruses.
Handwashing with soap and water is the most effective way to stay clean, but hand sanitizer is a convenient alternative to maintain cleanliness while in the car, at work or when soap and water are out of reach.
The misconception that alcohol-based sanitizers are harsh on the skin has led people to opt for “alcohol-free” options. But according to the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sanitizers need to have at least 60% of alcohol to be effective. Alcohol is the mechanism that destabilizes the structure of the bacteria or virus, neutralizing it. Non-alcohol-based sanitizers don’t do so effectively.
Still, in 2020, sales for non-alcohol-based sanitizers skyrocketed on Amazon.
Are home remedies just as good?
Using home remedies as opposed to Health Canada-approved hand sanitizers can be risky. The World Health Organization (WHO) set up a guide to creating a homemade hand sanitizer formula, but it needs to be carefully prepared and followed accurately.
It is important to do your research prior to purchasing a hand sanitizer. Many trusted brands will outline their ingredients in their products openly.
Ethisan hand sanitizers are plant-based products that contain seven ingredients or fewer with 70% and 80% USP grade ethanol. They’re environmentally friendly and 100% Canadian sourced and made,