Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitisers and hand rubs were largely used by medical professionals to keep germs from spreading as they dealt with patients. Since 2020, however, these have become household words and articles of everyday use in our homes, workplaces, and schools. In addition, we are now used to carrying small bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitisers when we go out. But how much do we know about hand rubs and hand sanitisers? What is the difference? Are they safe and effective? Let’s delve deeper to understand more about these products that have become indispensable to us.
Why do we need a hand sanitiser or hand rub?
The most effective way of preventing the spread of germs is by washing hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds and rinsing with running water. There are times, however, when we do not have access to soap and water. For example, washing hands at work, travelling, or in public places may not be feasible. An effective hand sanitiser or the Dettol clinical strength hand rub is the next best alternative. These kill 99.9% of germs and protect against many bacteria, viruses, and germs.
What is the difference?
We use the terms hand rub and hand sanitiser interchangeably. We commonly use hand sanitiser at home or for personal use. On the other hand, the hand rub is much stronger and is preferred by hospitals, clinics, and medical centres where the risk of infection is much higher. For example, the Dettol clinical strength hand rub is very effective against many viruses, bacteria, and fungi. These days schools and offices prefer to install sanitizers and hand rub dispensers to prevent the spread of diseases.
Are hand sanitizers and hand rubs safe to use?
Using a popular brand of hand sanitiser or hand rub is completely safe. Dettol hand sanitisers and hand rubs are dermatologically tested and have added ingredients like aloe vera extract that help keep your hands clean and soft.
While generally speaking, the use of hand rub and hand sanitiser is very safe. Certain precautions need to be taken, though.
- Hand sanitisers and hand rubs must be kept out of reach of children and should be used by children under adult supervision.
- Avoid contact with eyes or ingestion. In case of accidental contact with the eye, wash with water and contact a doctor.
- Both hand rub and hand sanitiser are alcohol based and hence highly flammable. Do not use it before exposure to flame or fire.
- Discontinue the use of hand rub or hand sanitiser if the use causes rashes or skin irritation.
Practising regular handwashing and proper use of hand sanitiser or hand rub is key to staying healthy and preventing the spread of disease-causing germs. We must teach our children these basics of healthy living as well.