Written by Stacey Kelleher. Reviewed by cleaning expert Sean Busch.
Around the world, people are working hard to “flatten the curve” and stop the spread of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) with social distancing, staying at home, and disinfecting household surfaces.
We’ve all heard how important it is to effectively wash your hands, but there’s been a lot of reference to hand sanitizer as well. For the last few months, we’ve received an increasing number of questions about our natural hand sanitizers, how to use them properly, and how effective they are at killing COVID-19.We’re here to answer these questions and help you and your family stay healthy now – and all year long.
To help Puracy Foaming Hand Sanitizer do its job, you need to apply it correctly. Just like washing your hands, it’s all about the technique:
From start to finish, using hand sanitizer should take about as long as it does to wash your hands, as recommended by the CDC.
If done correctly, Puracy Foaming Hand Sanitizer kills 99.9% of common household germs within 15 seconds.Created by a team of Ph.D. chemists, our non-toxic, non-drying hand sanitizer is designed to kill germs while leaving skin feeling smooth. This is good news when we’re washing and sanitizing our hands more than ever.
You’ve probably seen recipes for homemade hand sanitizer, but do they work? There are a few reasons why homemade hand sanitizer is not good for fighting COVID-19.
Some homemade hand sanitizer recipes may reduce the amount of germs, but not kill them entirely. This is especially true if they contain less than 60% ethanol alcohol or 70% isopropanol. Next, recipes that aren’t mixed correctly can be unpredictable and end up irritating or burning the skin. That’s especially concerning for sanitizers used by children.
The best way to prevent infection or the spread of viruses is always to wash your hands with soap and water. When you can’t do that, you should always choose a commercial product that’s been tested and proven to kill germs.
With all of this talk about disinfecting household surfaces, you might be wondering how to clean your screens and electronics.
Your cell phone is one of the dirtiest surfaces you regularly come in contact with, carrying around 10 times more germs than the average toilet. That’s why it’s important to clean your electronics on a regular basis. While it may seem convenient to use hand sanitizer, it shouldn’t be your go-to method.
Microfiber is ideal for electronics because it won’t leave streaks or scratch surfaces.
For children, hand sanitizer is safe for external use, but we know younger children tend to explore their world by putting things in their mouths. Because many commercial hand sanitizers are available in bright colors and appealing scents, kids may think they are meant to drink.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can lead to alcohol poisoning if consumed. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, US poison control centers received nearly 85,000 calls about children and hand sanitizer exposure.
Here are some tips for using hand sanitizer safely around children:
If you suspect your child has ingested hand sanitizer, contact your local poison control center immediately.
There is no disputing that alcohol-based hand sanitizer is effective at killing germs. But with frequent use – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic – alcohol in many of these products can actually damage the skin. Compromising the skin’s outermost layer leaves it dry, cracked, and more prone to infection.
At Puracy, our goal was to create a hand sanitizer that was just as effective as leading alcohol-based alternatives – but not as drying to the skin.
We launched a 70% IPA Gel Hand Sanitizer in March of 2020. IPA is a gold-standard skin antiseptic (the same solution used whenever you give blood or receive an injection), but like other Puracy products, we’ve loaded this formula with plant-based moisturizers to provide a silky-smooth feeling once it dries. This ensures that your skin doesn’t dry out after repeated use.
Despite the accelerated research and development process, this hand sanitizer meets Puracy standards for performance. When used correctly (for at least 15 seconds), this product is FDA-approved to kill 99.9% of germs.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we simply weren’t able to source our regular components (especially our foaming pump) fast enough to serve our current customers. When we saw that stores were selling out – and prices for hand sanitizers started skyrocketing on the internet – we knew we had to step in to provide safe, affordable products to every customer.
Though this is a new product, we stand by its efficacy and skin safety. Offering both the Foaming and Gel Hand Sanitizers will allow us to catch up with demand in April, and we thank all of our customers for their patience and patronage.
So if Puracy Foaming Hand Sanitizer doesn’t contain alcohol, how does it kill so many germs? Our germ-fighting ingredient, benzalkonium chloride (BAC), is an ingredient commonly used in hand sanitizers and household disinfectants to destroy bacteria and viruses.
There seems to be some misconceptions about our BAC-based foaming hand sanitizer and how it compares to alcohol-based versions. We’re happy to clear those up here:
The CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are two entirely different government entities, each responsible for regulating different consumer products.
Puracy follows the governing body that regulates the specific product(s) we offer. Since the FDA is the governing agency for hand sanitizers, we focus on their specific standards and policies. In this case, the FDA has approved the statement on our hand sanitizer which reads, “Kills 99.9% of germs in 15 seconds.” The FDA bases their endorsement on rigorous clinical data with Level 1 studies.
In 2019, the FDA banned 28 different ingredients for hand sanitizers, approving the following three:
Currently, the reality is that no hand sanitizer is clinically proven to kill COVID-19. Because this strain of virus is new, there hasn’t been enough work done to determine what works to kill it and what doesn’t. There certainly haven’t been any Level 1 clinical studies completed to date.
While we all want a product guaranteed to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other pathogens, we need to wait until the FDA can conduct Level 1 clinical studies. Until then, there is no hand sanitizer that can claim to kill COVID-19 – even those containing alcohol.
Here are some of our top tips for staying healthy during this time of uncertainty:
In addition to keeping your hands clean, be sure to:
At Puracy, our primary goal has always been to keep your family healthy with safe, natural household cleaners and personal care products. And like every Puracy product, both our Gel Hand Sanitizer and Foaming Hand Sanitizer are gentle on skin yet tough on germs.
Unlike other companies, we don’t see the spread of COVID-19 as an opportunity to earn a profit: You can order our hand sanitizers and other Puracy products for the same fair prices.
After all, we’re in this together.
For more practical ways to stay healthy and keep dirt and germs at bay, check out these previous posts:
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