Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for hand sanitizers has increased tremendously. When water and soap are not available (for instance, when eating or drinking coffee on the go), hand sanitizer is the effective replacement.
In this context, the market was flooded with various types of hand sanitizers, some of which do not meet the requirements of the Center for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration. Not only they are not effective in killing germs, but they may also be harmful. Here is what you should look for on the labels for hand sanitizers:
- Alcohol Concentration
The most effective hand sanitizers contain at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. You will also recognize these ingredients by the specific smell and the cooling effect they have on skin.
- Other Ingredients
The rest of the sanitizer formula should contain distilled water, glycerin and hydrogen peroxide. These ingredients should not represent more than 30% to 40% of the formula.
- Avoid Methanol
Make sure that you do not use sanitizers containing methanol or 1-propanol. These types of alcohol are very dangerous, especially if they are accidentally ingested by children.
Finally, homemade sanitizers are usually not effective, unless you are a skilled chemist who knows how to mix the ingredients. Working with a custom label printer Denver has can achieve great results for your labeling needs.