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The More You Know - Hand Sanitizer Formula Edition

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

The year is 2020 and you are walking down the aisles of your favorite general merchandise retail store, you arrive at the hand sanitizers and see five new hand sanitizer brands. You look at the many new sanitizers and think to yourself. . .

Choosing the best hand sanitizer formula can be overwhelming. There are many factors to consider when protecting your health. This article’s aim is to help make your hand sanitizer shopping experience easier.


Will Any Hand Sanitizer Formula Do?

Not all hand sanitizers are created equal. In fact, some hand sanitizer formulas are much better than others. The CDC recommends using hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. The words “at least” should be taken into consideration. The FDA frequently updates a list of hand sanitizers that should not be used. The hand sanitizers found on this list contain hazardous chemicals that have no business being near your body. A hand sanitizer formula should be made with meticulous care and attention to detail. Hand sanitizer is skincare after all; it is meant to care for your skin!



What is Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer and Does it Work?

Most alcohol-free hand sanitizer comes in the form of water-based foam. Instead of containing alcohol, the active ingredient is usually Benzalkonium Chloride. These alcohol-free hand sanitizer formulas often contain less than 0.1% concentration of Benzalkonium. This lower concentration means the product is mostly water and added skin moisturizers. Alcohol-free hand sanitizers are often targeted as hand sanitizers for children because they are less toxic if consumed. However, no one should ever consume any form of hand sanitizer.


The CDC has indicated that the use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is the most effective form of hand sanitizer. When asked if hand sanitizer can be used to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC said to use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available for handwashing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers have a stronger and broader capacity to destroy or inactivate viruses. At Sympol Products we believe the CDC and FDA should be listened to. Their guidelines are intended to protect the public and we adhere to their recommendations for that reason.


You Should Not Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

The FDA does not recommend making hand sanitizer at home. The DIY hand sanitizer formula trend should be abandoned. There are many great DIY projects that can be found on Pinterest that are not potentially hazardous. If a homemade hand sanitizer is incorrectly made it can be ineffective or dangerous. There are reports of homemade hand sanitizer formulas causing skin irritation and damage, including burns. The risk is not worth it. It is noteworthy to mention that hand sanitizer is classified as a drug. Hand sanitizers are regulated as an over-the-counter (non-prescription) drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This classification exemplifies the serious nature of the product. Properly formulated hand sanitizer can be found conveniently online and in stores so hopefully you can access safe hand sanitizer.



Using a High Alcohol Sanitizer is Best

The CDC recommendation is to use a hand sanitizer formula with at least 60% alcohol. The bare minimum is 60%. Hand sanitizer formulas that have a higher percentage of alcohol concentration will be able to kill more germs. A study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection reported that ethanol is highly effective at 80% concentration. Sympol decided to surpass the CDC recommended minimum and meet the 80% concentration to increase efficacy. The clean answer is Sympol and that means providing more cleaning power than the bare minimum.


Speaking of Higher Quality Products

A major variation between different hand sanitizer formulas offered is the extra skin conditioners added. Some hand sanitizers are formulated to sanitize, some are also moisturizing, some smell good, and some do all of the above. When you are picking your hand sanitizer you should consider what you want your hand sanitizer will achieve. A basic hand sanitizer won’t smell good and it may not have 80% alcohol, but it could get the bare minimum job done if that is what you want. On the other hand, you may be interested in a hand sanitizer that is highly-effective in germ-killing and skin-caring.


The product type should be taken into consideration as well. I recently wrote an entire article explaining the benefits of gel hand sanitizer. I recommend checking out that blog post to read about the many benefits of gel hand sanitizer formulas. A major benefit of gel hand sanitizer is the formula’s ability to be packed with skin-soothing and nourishing ingredients.


Hand sanitizing wipes have become very popular but are wasteful. The convenience of a hand wipe is appealing, but the environmental degradation created by wasteful consumerism is not. The skincare community over the past year has caught on to how skin-irritating makeup removing wipes can be. Alcohol wipes for your hands are similarly rough. Excessively wiping your hands may cause irritation.


Based on the information reviewed in this blog, we can become smarter shoppers. We know to look for hand sanitizer with a higher percentage of alcohol and more nutrient-rich skincare ingredients. We understand the protective guidelines provided by the CDC and FDA.


When you find yourself looking for the best hand sanitizer formula, we hope your hunt will be easy. We will make it even easier by providing our shop link. Happy shopping! Thank you for sanitizing. 







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