Time To Pause Blind usage even if it drops in your hand for free !!!
Does the Sanitizer …. really sanitize …. ?
Is the Hand Sanitizer FDA approved ?
Is the Hand Sanitizer follows WHO formulation ?
Is the Hand Sanitizer GMP certified ?
Am I using the way it is intended to be used ?
Am I handling the way it is intended to be handled ?
…. Many more questions you forgot to ask that should have been asked !!!
FDA has been warning the consumers about the hazards of using unapproved hand sanitizers, continuously since January by many notifications. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-consumers-should-not-use
It is always better to wash hands with soap and water. The sanitizer should be used only when water is not available and for sanitizing things like cell phones, handbags, etc. Sanitizers work well only when the hands are clean and are not soiled or greasy.
The main ingredient in a hand sanitizer is alcohol a known antiseptic substance and a broad-spectrum antimicrobial. Use of hand sanitizers will not only kill microorganisms but also prevent the growth of microorganisms.
Both washing & sanitizing clears only the existing contamination and is susceptible to re-contamination. It is recommended to sanitize every time before we use hands for eating or touching our face.
If we go by WHO recommendation, alcohol based sanitizers have broader virucidal activity compared to non alcohol based sanitizers. Thus for Covid 19 virus, it is better to use sanitizers that is alcohol based that has at-least 60% alcohol in its formulation.
The active ingredient in a hand sanitizer is alcohol which should constitute between 60 - 95% along with minimum quantities of emollients and fragrance.
The effectiveness of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer depends on the amount of alcohol in the formulation. While 60% is the least expected in a sanitizer, World Health Organization (WHO) recommends 80% ethanol or 75% isopropyl alcohol.
Government of India has classified sanitizers as an essential commodity under the Essential Commodities Act and has put a cap on the price of sanitizers at 50 paise for an ml of the liquid. If there is any deviation by any brand, the same can be reported to consumer affairs department or drug control department along with the invoice.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are classified as Class I Flammable Liquid substance, which means they have a flash point of less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The vapors that emits out of evoperation of an open container can catch fire when exposed to heat / fire. Though it is not really dangerous to handle sanitizers, reasonable safety measures are mandatory to stay away from stray instances.
Alcohol based hand sanitizer does expire, usually after three years after its manufactured date. As the main ingredient, alcohol dissolves over time losing its effectiveness in killing germs once it drops below 60% alcohol.
Since sanitizer is a mix of a few easily available chemicals with minimal regulation, many reputed as well as fresh hands with very little specific experience made beeline to exploit the exponential demand due to the pandemic. This ensured abundant availability of sanitizers when it mattered most across the length and breath of India.
Now caught between Government price regulation and high competition, most manufacturers started to compromise on the quality of product which can neither be experienced nor tested by end user on a regular usage. As you are buying sanitizer for your hygiene requirement, best to check the manufacturers credibility, volume of production and his long term expertise in personal & industrial health care product manufacturing. As a end user you are not going to test every brand you buy with a lab, hense it is advisable to check for FDA approval, WHO approval & GMP certification and be rest assured all the three are available with only handful few in India.
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GEA launches its Personal Care - Hand Sanitizer to Indian market under "Dermapro" brand.