Antiseptic gels are the best option for quick hygiene and disinfection at any time of the day. They are usually alcohol or ethanol based, which means that they can be used without water and in any situation, in order to guarantee a disinfectant, anti-bacterial and anti-viral action in seconds.
We recommend correct cleaning with water and soap for 40 to 60 seconds. Applying a sufficient quantity of hand soap onto wet skin, rub the palms of your hands, the backs of your hands, between your fingers, your nails and fingertips and never forget about your thumbs and wrists. Upon finishing, rinse your hands well to remove any soap residue and dry them preferably with a disposable paper towel, which will then be used to turn off the tap and minimise contact.
If, on the contrary, we decide to use a disinfectant gel or an alcohol solution, 20 to 30 seconds is enough. We must apply a sufficient quantity of gel (one generous drop that can be used for both hands is recommended). As with the soap, the entire surface of the hand must be rubbed: palms, fingers, backs, nails, thumbs and wrists. Finally, the hands must be air dried and must not touch any surface (or clothes, or the face) until they are completely dry.
At Perfume’s Club, we have the best sanitising disinfectant gels for your hands. Discover how to clean and take care of them with LACTYFERRIN Sanitizer by Sesderma, or choose other options such as Sanytol or Anian.
Remember that all of the antiseptic gels that you can find on the Perfume’s Club website meet the same functions as those from the pharmacy. Sanytol disinfectant is designed to meet all of the functions of disinfecting and cleaning the hands, as is the Anian antiseptic gel, the disinfectant gel that can be carried in your bag or brought anywhere
These are alcohol or ethanol compositions, which are a brief replacement for soap and water, that guarantee a disinfectant and antiviral action through their use. However, they do not substitute a good ordinary hand wash.
Both options are recommended, though washing them is preferable. Whenever you have access to running water and soap, it is preferable to maintain good hand hygiene. Before and after any activity where you use them (cooking, going to the bathroom, eating, working, going outside...). However, it is possible that, due to the circumstances at a certain time, you don’t have access to soap and water. This is when we should use the alcoholic or disinfectant solution to keep our hands clean.
There are sanitisers, disinfectants, gels, soaps and other antiseptic solutions for hands. They all include a key element: ethanol or alcohol. Both are chemicals that help to eliminate pathogenic agents such as bacteria, virus, microbes and other dirt residue. Also, they may include other components that are also bactericides, antiviral, antifungal and disinfectant such as lactoferrin, clorhexidine or chloride; or natural ingredients that protect the skin such as glycerin, aloe vera or tea tree oil. With regards to textures, we can find all sorts depending on their composition. There are gels, liquid solutions, hydrogel and creams, all of which are effective.
We recommend that disinfectant and sanitiser gels and solutions should have a minimum of 60-70% alcohol. The strength of the alcohol does not have an impact, has from strengths as low as 40° the antiseptic properties are activated, though alcohol or ethanol with a strength of 60° or above is usually used.
Yes, the use of hand sanitiser and antiseptic gels and solutions is effective. They eliminate bacteria, virus, fungus and microbes up to 90% - 99.9%, depending on the formula. Remember, they must always be used in accordance with the instructions from the health authorities.
Why not disinfect your hands with just alcohol?
Alcohol and ethanol in their purest form can also be used to disinfect your hands, but this is not advisable. Sporadic use as part of first aid does contemplate the use of alcohol as a disinfectant solution, but regular and daily use can cause damage to the skin. Alcohol is an abrasive chemical that can break down the most superficial layers of the skin, thus eliminating the hydrolipidic layer and excessively drying out the hands. Excessive dryness can cause cracks and rough skin where microbes and dirt deposits can accumulate, as well as creating skin that is more likely to be damaged. Therefore, we recommend the use of disinfectant gels that contain alcohol instead of using alcohol directly on your hands.