Why Choose a Non Alcohol Hand Sanitizer?
With so many hand-sanitizing products in the marketplace, why would building maintenance choose a non alcohol hand sanitizer instead of one containing alcohol as the active germ-fighting ingredient?
In some cases, a non alcohol hand sanitizer is chosen due to health, safety, or building security concerns. In other cases, it could be because using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the past was causing skin irritation.
Alcohol free hand sanitizers offer instant germ-killing power, are accepted by the CDC as an alternative to alcohol hand sanitizers, and are safer alternatives to alcohol-based formulations in a number of ways:
- Ingestion of alcohol-based hand sanitizers can pose a serious threat and even alcohol poisoning, particularly in young children.
- Alcohol-based formulations are flammable, which can compromise a building’s safety if they fall into the wrong hands.
- If frequent hand sanitizing is required, repeated use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can irritate skin and strip away natural, protective oils needed for healthy skin care.
What is an Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer?
Instead of using alcohol, which can be harsh on skin and can be flammable, an alcohol-free hand sanitizer uses a different active ingredient to kill germs. Health Guard Foaming No Alcohol Hand Sanitizer uses Benzalkonium Chloride as an active ingredient.
Germ-killing Differences: Alcohol vs. Non Alcohol Hand Sanitizer
In most cases, the germ-killing difference between alcohol and alcohol-free hand sanitizers depends on the percentage of the alcohol contained in the formulation. As an example, Infin8 Hand Sanitizer70% Alcohol Hand Sanitizer kills 99.999% of most common germs in 15 seconds whereas Infin8 Foaming Alcohol Free Sanitizer also kills 99.99% in the same amount of time. One could argue this is a very minor tradeoff when compared to the advantages that an alcohol-free alternative provides to building maintenance.
Benefits of non alcohol hand sanitizer:
- Safe, non-flammable formula
- Prevents alcohol consumption/poisoning
- Will not dry skin like alcohol-based sanitizers
- Kills 99.99% of common germs in 15 seconds
- No water needed; rub in and let dry
As an added benefit, most notably for restaurants and food service locations, Infin8 Foaming No Alcohol Sanitizer is SANAS rated for sanitizing between hand washes in both food and non-food areas.
Have budgetary considerations? Infin8 Foaming No Alcohol Hand Sanitizer is more economical than alcohol-based products. Furthermore, studies show people prefer a foaming product over a liquid or gel.
Venues for alcohol-free sanitizers
Schools/Colleges / Universities
Day Care Centers / Preschools
Prisons / Jails / Juvenile Detention Centers
Potential Arson-targeted Buildings
Long Term Care Centers / Nursing Homes
Hotels / Casinos
Stadiums / Arenas
Restaurants / Food Service
Grocery / Deli
Catering / Banquet Halls
Outdoor Food Festivals
Coffee Shops / Convenience Stores
Are there advantages to a foaming sanitizer vs. a gel?
Many people favor the feel of a foaming hand sanitizer when applied to their hands and tend to spread it more consistently for better sanitizing coverage. From an application standpoint, foam products don’t require as much product to be dispensed as compared to gels, so a single container of foaming product will sanitize more hands than a non-foaming gel container of the same size.
How much hand sanitizer should be used?
The amount of hand sanitizer depends on the size of the hands, but it should be enough to completely cover both sides of your hands and between fingers. Typically that can be between .75 mL to 1.2 mL (about ¼ teaspoon). After dispensing the hand sanitizer into your palm, rub your hands together, rub between your fingers and rub the top of your hands until the sanitizer has evaporated and your hands are dry. Don’t wipe it off before it has dried.
Does Infin8 Foaming No Alcohol Sanitizer dry out skin?
According to the National Institutes of Health, washing hands with soap and water causes the highest degree of dry skin and irritation. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can also cause red, itchy, dry skin with overuse. Because Infin8 Foaming No Alcohol Sanitizer does not contain alcohol, it is gentler on skin and will therefore help prevent dry, red, irritated skin
Is there moisturizer in Infin8 Foaming No Alcohol Sanitizer?
No moisturizers have been added to keep the product natural.
Does it have a medicinal scent?
Infin8 Foaming No Alcohol Sanitizer comes without any fragrance unless required. The fragrance version has a pleasant, light medicinal scent, leaving the hands smelling fresh and clean.
Is there an added artificial color?
No, there is no added dye or artificial color in Infin8 Foaming No Alcohol Sanitizer.
Do I need to pre-wash my hands?
You do not need to pre-wash hands in most cases when using a hand sanitizer. However, if there is visible soil or grime, you do need to wash with soap and water first.
Is Infin8 Foaming No Alcohol Sanitizer compliant with SANAS 5168?