Do you know what makes foaming hand sanitizer different from the common gel-based formulas? Is one type more effective than the other? Maybe you’ve never thought much about it, but since everyone is using these products more than ever due to the coronavirus disease, it’s a good time to learn the difference.
Hand Sanitizer Options
Before getting into the details of foaming hand sanitizers, it’s important to note the variety of hand sanitizer options available on the market. To start, it can be divided into two categories: alcohol-based and alcohol-free.
The CDC currently recommends that everyone use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a formula that is at least 60% alcohol. It’s possible to find products with higher amounts of alcohol, but 60% was determined to be the safest minimum level of alcohol to consistently kill the virus. The one issue most people experience when using these products is hand dryness. Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on your skin when it evaporates, so frequent use can have painful effects.
Non-Alcohol hand sanitizers typically rely on a compound called benzalkonium chloride (BZK) for disinfection. BZK is highly effective against most germs, but few studies were conducted to evaluate it against human coronaviruses before Covid-19 struck. Since then, early research indicates BZK is an effective way to kill Covid-19, but so far, the CDC has not changed its recommendation yet.
The primary benefit of a BZK hand sanitizer is that it won’t dry your hands out. It also doesn’t evaporate quickly like alcohol, so it protects your hands from germs for a longer time. BZK has been used by surgeons to sterilize their hands and arms for decades, and it’s commonly found in eye drops, so it’s a time-tested product with proven results.
Gel Versus Foaming Hand Sanitizer
Both forms of hand sanitizer are equally effective. You’ll kill just as many germs with a gel-based hand sanitizer as a foaming one. The primary difference between the two is the special pump dispenser that creates the foam in foaming hand sanitizer. It has a chamber that injects air into the sanitizer as it is released, which creates the effect. Some people prefer one more than the other, but there are some real advantages to using a foaming hand sanitizer.
For example, people tend to use less foaming hand sanitizer than gel with each application. Since air is added to foaming hand sanitizer, less is required for you to fully cover your hands. Many people also believe the foam sticks to their hands better, so it’s easier to get complete coverage across both hands.
How Often To Use Hand Sanitizer
There are no clear guidelines on how frequently to use hand sanitizer, but there are a number of situations. If you stay home in quarantine and have no visitors, you do not need to use a hand sanitizer. Since you’re near a sink and probably have soap, it’s best to just use soap and water. It’s much less expensive and is the primary recommendation the CDC makes to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.
It’s when you leave your home that hand sanitizer becomes important. Here are some situations to consider:
- When shopping in a store, once you place your items on the counter, you may want to use a hand sanitizer before placing your hands in your purse or wallet. After you leave the store, again, it’s a good idea to use a hand sanitizer before touching your car.
- If you take some form of public transportation, use hand sanitizer immediately after you exit the vehicle.
- In any situation when you’re away from home and have touched a surface, use hand sanitizer before touching your face.
- When you return home, use hand sanitizer before entering your home.
- If you have visitors in your home, have them wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when they first arrive.
If you keep these situations in mind and develop a habit of good hand hygiene, you’ll significantly reduce your chances of contracting all viruses, not just Covid-19.
How To Use Hand Sanitizer
Here’s one important thing to remember: There is no such thing as instant hand sanitizer. You want it to make your hands feel wet for at least a few seconds for it to have time to kill the most germs. It’s a chemical process, not an instant reaction. So be sure to always use enough hand sanitizer, whether it’s a foam or a gel, so your hands get the most protection.
The process for sanitizing your hands with hand sanitizer is similar to washing them. Be sure to completely cover all of your fingers (and your thumbs) in addition to your palms and back of your hands. Take at least 15 seconds to completely rub the product into your skin.
SONO Foaming Hand Sanitizer With Bergamot Oil
SONO makes a foaming hand sanitizer that comes in pump dispensers for your home or office, in addition to travel-size containers when you’re on the go. These products are alcohol-free and use BZK as an active ingredient. SONO Healthcare Foaming Hand Sanitizer is also infused with a gentle moisturizer and bergamot fruit oil. With every use, it’s like a spa day for your hands.
You’re already familiar with bergamot fruit if you’ve ever taken a sip of Earl Grey tea. It’s what gives it such a distinctive flavor. The fruit has a scent very similar to an orange, but it also contains a light floral note. You’ll also find it as an ingredient in many perfumes and colognes, and it has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to treat stress and a number of skin conditions.
SONO Healthcare Foaming Hand Sanitizer is tough on germs, with laboratory tests demonstrating effectiveness against 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. It also meets the current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) established by the FDA. You and your family can confidently use it to stay safe from the hazards your hands come into contact with every day.
And since our rich, foaming formula is alcohol-free, it won’t dry out your hands or sting if you have a cut. This also means the moisturizing effect will last longer than what you would expect from alcohol hand sanitizers that evaporate quickly.