Since the start of 2020, it’s been incredibly important to wash hands effectively – and there’s been a major emphasis on hand sanitizer, too. We’ve received a number of questions regarding Puracy hand sanitizer effectiveness and proper use – and we’re happy to clear them up.

Should I Wash or Sanitize My Hands? 

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The CDC recommends cleaning your hands

  • Before eating 
  • When preparing food
  • When caring for someone who is ill 
  • When treating a cut or wound
  • After using the restroom 
  • After changing a diapers/helping a child use the restroom 
  • After touching an animal, their food, or their waste
  • After handling garbage
  • After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
During this time of extreme vigilance, it’s also smart to wash or sanitize your hands anytime you come into contact with public surfaces like door handles, elevator buttons, and shopping carts.
While Puracy Hand Sanitizer is extremely effective, the CDC states that washing your hands with soap and water is still the best way to kill germs on hands

How Often Should I Use Hand Sanitizer?

Puracy sanitizer is made for those times when you just can’t get to soap and water, like at the gas pump or local park. Because our products are formulated to be gentle on skin, you won’t have to worry about using it too much or too often. 

How to Use Puracy Hand Sanitizer 

Using hand sanitizer should take about as long as it does to wash your hands (as recommended by the CDC). And just like washing your hands, the technique is what matters here:

  1. Pump a small amount into the palm of your hand. 
  2. Next, spread the product thoroughly over both hands (front and back). 
  3. Rub your hands together quickly for at least 15 seconds or until they are dry. 
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      How Long Does It Take Hand Sanitizer to Kill Germs? 

      When used correctly, both Puracy Foaming Hand Sanitizer and Gel Hand Sanitizer kill 99.9+% of common household germs within 15 seconds. 

      Can I Make My Own Hand Sanitizer? 

      There are a few reasons why homemade hand sanitizer isn’t good for fighting germs and viruses.

      Some homemade hand sanitizer recipes might reduce the amount of germs without killing them entirely (especially if they contain less than 60% ethanol alcohol or 70% isopropanol). Next, recipes that aren’t mixed correctly can be unpredictable and may end up irritating or burning the skin. This is concerning for people with sensitive skin and children. 

      Is Hand Sanitizer Safe for Children?

      Because many commercial hand sanitizers are available in bright colors and appealing scents, kids may think they are meant to drink. In 2020, US poison control centers reported more than 20,000 calls related to children consuming hand sanitizer – an increase of 40% from the year before.

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      If you and your family are going to use hand sanitizer:

      • Store hand sanitizer out of your child’s reach. 
      • Only put the recommended amount on a child’s hands and watch to make sure they don’t put it in their mouths. 
      • Teach children how to use hand sanitizer correctly. 
      • Consider non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
      • If you suspect your child has ingested hand sanitizer, contact your local poison control center immediately.

      Puracy Foaming Hand Sanitizer Is a Great Option for Small Children 

      Puracy Foaming Hand Sanitizer isn’t just free of alcohol – it’s also free of parabens, synthetic perfumes, sulfates, phthalates, phosphates, and dyes. It’s safe for every member of the family and FDA-approved to eliminate germs and viruses. 

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      Why Puracy Gel Hand Sanitizer Is Different

      There’s no disputing that alcohol-based hand sanitizer is effective at killing germs. But with frequent use, the alcohol in many of these products can compromise the skin’s outermost layer, leaving it dry, cracked, and more prone to infection.

      During early 2020, we simply weren’t able to source our regular components (especially our foaming pump mechanism) fast enough to serve our current customers. When we saw that stores were selling out – and prices for hand sanitizers started skyrocketing online – we had to step in to provide safe, affordable products.

      We tasked our scientists to create an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that was just as effective as leading alcohol-based alternatives – but far less drying to the skin. Our 70% IPA Gel Hand Sanitizer is loaded with plant-based moisturizers to provide a silky-smooth, non-sticky, non-drying feeling, even after repeated use.

      We’ve actually tested it to be used over 50 times per day, and our participants overwhelmingly noted that it left their hands more moisturized.

      Puracy Gel Hand Sanitizer Effectiveness


      Despite the accelerated research and development process (to meet demand in 2020), Puracy Gel hand sanitizer meets Puracy standards for excellence and performance.
      We required our Gel Hand Sanitizer to meet crucial FDA & medical requirements for use as an antimicrobial against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) was the obvious choice, since hospitals and clinics rely on its antiseptic properties. When used correctly (for at least 15 seconds), this product is FDA-approved to kill 99.9+% of germs.

      Benzalkonium Chloride vs. Alcohol Hand Sanitizers

      Puracy Foaming Hand Sanitizer doesn’t contain alcohol, so 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. 

      Benzalkonium Chloride structure

      We’re happy to clear up some common misconceptions about our BAC-based hand sanitizer. 

      1. The FDA Regulates Hand Sanitizers, Not the CDC

      The CDC and FDA are two entirely different government entities, and each are 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. 

      2. Only 3 Ingredients Are FDA-Approved for Hand Sanitizers

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      In 2019, the FDA banned 28 different ingredients for hand sanitizers, approving the following three: 

      3. Your Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Might Be Ineffective (or Harmful)

      The purpose of hand sanitizers is to stop the spread of pathogens. That’s why it’s important to choose products that are legally prepared under strict FDA policies, like Puracy Gel Hand Sanitizer.

      If you use an alcohol-based formula, only use those formulated with ethanol and isopropyl alcohol (IPA). Avoid formulas, especially those that contain spirits and  methanol alcohol  as the alcohol base (the latter has been linked to adverse events in adults and children).

      Stay Safe, Stay Healthy


      alcohol hand sanitizer

      At Puracy, our primary goal has always been to keep families healthy with plant-based household cleaners and personal care products. And like every Puracy product, you can count on our Gel Hand Sanitizer and Foaming Hand Sanitizer to be gentle on skin and tough on germs. 

      Here’s to keeping you and your family healthy all year long!