THE HOT DEBATE: ALCOHOL BASED vs ALCOHOL-FREE HAND SANITIZERS
The highly contagious COVID-19 has spread around the globe. Masks and hand sanitizers are now standard necessities to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this virus.
When soap and water are not available, there is no better option to keep our hands clean than using hand sanitizer. The most commonly used ingredient in hand sanitizers is alcohol. It is known to kill germs on the hands. The problem is after using it for several days, consumers notice that their hands become dry and cracked. The alcohol stripped off the natural oil of the skin. As consumers’ buying habits are evolving and more informed about the risks associated with using alcohol- based sanitizers; more and more people are looking for alcohol -free, hand sanitizers.
For most people, the compelling reason for their choice of hand sanitizer is the price and the feel on the skin after applying the product. This is understandable but it is good to know the effectiveness and the consequences when we use alcohol-based hand sanitizers daily. Before we breakdown the strengths and weaknesses of both types of hand sanitizer, one thing is clear: Both alcohol and non-alcohol based hand sanitizers stop germs dead in their tracks but there are significant advantages using Botanica Culture alcohol-free Hand Sanitizer.
The Case for Alcohol-Based Sanitizers:
According to the CDC, many studies have found that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60-95 percent are more effective in killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based sanitizers. There’s no doubt about their effectiveness. One of the problems in assessing the effectiveness of alcohol-free sanitizers, is the lack of a standardized ingredient list and also the narrow range of bacteria, virus and fungi it can kill compared to a well formulated plant based hand sanitizer.
The big disadvantages are it dries up the skin and it can cause the skin to crack. The cracked skin is a good gate for germs to enter the body and causes infection. Alcohol based hand sanitizers also loses its protective properties when the alcohol dries up.
So, what is the alternative?
Botanica Culture has developed an alcohol-free hand sanitizer which can kill effectively a broader range of viruses, bacteria and fungi than alcohol-based hand sanitizer (62-70% alcohol) and the protection lasts longer.
The Case for Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizers:
Many companies offer alcohol-free hand sanitizers. It is important to read the list of ingredients and their effectiveness.
There are many synthetic chemicals used as active ingredients for alcohol-free hand sanitizers. Can we avoid another nasty chemical on our skin and nevertheless still be protected from virus, bacteria and fungi?? The answer is YES, it is possible.
In fact, some essential oils contain active ingredients that have natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Backed by research papers*, Botanica Culture Hand Sanitizer was developed to meet this demand. Our vision is to provide a hand sanitizer that is effective in killing the unwanted bacteria, virus and fungi, skin friendly, safe even for children, long lasting and has a pleasant smell and texture without any greasy or sticky feeling. It does not contain any fragrances, coloring, or any synthetic chemicals.
Botanica Culture Hand Sanitizer contains 7 organic essential oils that create amazing synergy to instantly kill a very broad range of virus, bacteria and fungi, compared to alcohol- based hand sanitizers. It does not dry the skin in fact it moisturizes. It can last longer than alcohol so there is no need to reapply so often.
Whatever you choose, do not leave home without a bottle of hand sanitizer as you never know when you really need it!
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