Cheaper is not always better – is your Hand Sanitizer Cost-Effective?

Cheaper is not always better – is your Hand Sanitizer Cost-Effective?

Hand washing with soap and water is often recommended as the best method for hand hygiene and often is the cheapest alternative. However, this method (soap and water) is not always possible. Which is why hand sanitizers are a suitable alternative when “on the go”.  And…they also minimize the spread of a whole range of infections from respiratory to stomach illnesses.  Which is why even after the pandemic handwashing, sanitizing and disinfecting should become a lifelong habit and should be included in your budget.

As you know, there are plenty of hand sanitizers on the market, so let’s take a look at the differences between hand sanitizers containing alcohol vs those without.  

First, the main difference is the alcohol content. Alcohol is often found in hand sanitizers due to its antiseptic qualities which if higher that 60% can effectively kill bacteria and germs found on hands. Second, check the label for alcohol contents. The labelled alcohol contents are often referred to as ethanol, ethyl alcohol, and isopropanol or 2-propanol. Whereas hand sanitizers containing no-alcohol usually display Benzalkonium Chloride combined with water and other ingredients that help to moisturize and soften the skin. However, not all anti-germ products are the same. 

Matguard’s 8 oz hand and body cleanse is better than a hand sanitizer. Matguard products never dries out your skin, because Matguard contains a pharmaceutical grade emollient to restore the moisture level naturally found in skin. Instructions on labels should be carefully read and alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be kept out of reach of children.

Finally, since the Covid-19 pandemic, there are now a range of outlets that have turned to manufacturing hand sanitizer to supply to the public.  As a result, it is also wise to check that any hand sanitizer you buy has been approved by the FDA and the company has been in business for years. 

MATGUARDUSA makes a product that is fast dying and is used and trusted by over 5000 sports teams. MATGUARD® also makes antiseptic body wipesspraysliquid and foams that contains a fast acting and highly effective patented formulation for killing 99.9% of the germs, viruses and bacteria that can cause diseases within the school and athletic community. 

Matguard’s Helmet & Pads Bacteria Disinfectants line is recommended for use by people involved in contact sports and physical activity in order to reduce the spread of disease and limit the cross contamination of the entire school population.