With the outbreak of the pandemic, everyone's attention has shifted to hygiene and cleanliness. The addition of new safety norms majorly focuses on hand hygiene. Unknowingly through our hands, we come in contact with surfaces that could result in infection. Precautionary measures such as hand sanitiser are in huge demand to keep us safe.
The effective use of sanitiser is to kill germs. To serve this purpose, sanitiser is available in many variants. Majorly they are differentiated into two categories, alcohol-based and alcohol-free sanitisers. Alcohol is the most reliable component in a hand sanitiser that has been thoroughly proved to eliminate germs on hands. However, frequent usage of sanitiser withdraws moisture from the skin. As a result, skin may become dry, flaky, and hypersensitive to touch.
With the huge demand for a better alternative to replace alcohol, several manufacturers came up with a solution. A range of sanitiser was introduced that doesn’t include drying or alcoholic components. These sanitisers contain antimicrobials that provide long-lasting germ protection without drying hands.
Generally, alcohol-based sanitisers have a shelf life of two to three years. The alcohol content in a bottle of hand sanitiser reduces as it evaporates, and its efficacy diminishes as it falls below 60% concentration.
If you are wondering whether alcohol-free hand sanitisers have an expiration date or not, then the answer is yes. Every product has an expiration date beyond which it fails to provide the desired result. Hand sanitisers are regulated by the FDA, which requires manufacturers to include an expiry date. One is always advised to check the label whether sanitiser is still usable. If no date is specified, the product life can be estimated to be about 2-3 years from the date of manufacturing.
Some people ask if you can use expired sanitiser in case of emergencies. Although using expired hand sanitiser is not hazardous, it is not suggested since it is likely to be less effective. Conversely, in situations where there is no other option, a less effective sanitiser is more preferable than not sanitizing at all.
Since the pandemic hit, people have been extra precautious, and have been maintaining hygiene to avoid the transmission of infection. While leaving the house, always have a pocket sanitiser with you.
However, it is also not advisable to use hand sanitiser at home. Instead opt for soap, scrub for at least 20 seconds to ensure complete protection. Another more subtle safety measure is Tatsa Hand Cream, a gentle formulation of cocoa, shea butter and alcohol free sanitiser.
Made with the nourishing goodness of cocoa and shea butter, it keeps your skin healthy and soft, while the alcohol free sanitiser in the composition protects your hands.
The need of the hour is to be a smart consumer. Switch to safety that is supple in nature for you and your loved ones.