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The Buying Guide for Hand Sanitisers

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The pandemic is far from over. Though the effect may have decreased in several countries, new variants are coming up now and then. As per WHO, it may take two more years for everything to come to a normal phase. Till then, everyone needs to follow the usual protocols. And the main protocol is to keep your mask on and sanitise your hands. You can get hand sanitisers and antiseptic hand rubs of products like Avagard and several others.

Whether you are travelling, just came back from your office or are back from a family get-together, the first thing you need to do is sanitise your hand. Some sanitisers are in liquid form, and some are in gel form. You can also get sanitisers that can spray the liquid in a wide range so that you need to rub your hands three or four times. You can find several kinds of hand sanitisers in the market, especially those with different compositions in the liquid—making it difficult for you to decide which one to buy.

This article will list the types and things to consider when buying one. Read on to find out the types of sanitisers and clear all your doubts about hand sanitisers.

What are the types of hand sanitisers?

Sanitisers can be classified into two major categories: Alcohol-based and alcohol-free.

Alcohol-based sanitisers

These sanitisers contain around 60 to 95% of alcohol, which contains ethanol, propanol and isopropanol. It is best for attacking microbes and other organisms and is used as a medical disinfectant.

Alcohol-free sanitisers

This is a type of antiseptic liquid-like benzalkonium chloride and antimicrobial. These are great for destroying microorganisms and have some balsam that makes the skin soft and smell nice.

The utility value of sanitisers:

  • Alcohol-based sanitiser- Best in cleaning
  • Alcohol-free sanitiser- Safe for children
  • Gel-based sanitiser- Portability
  • Hand sanitiser spray- Can spread on your palm easily
  • Hand sanitising wipes- For those who travel a lot and need use and throw sanitisers

What to consider before buying these sanitisers?

Products like Avagard offer different ranges of sanitisers, but you need just one or two types. The following points will assist you in selecting the right one for you:

Choose according to your skin type.

There are several types of hand rubs available in the market, and most of them are not suitable for sensitive skin types. Pick a sanitiser meant for ‘mild’ or ‘for sensitive skin’ if you have sensitive skin. You should always check for ingredients that are skin-friendly in the sanitisers. Most sanitisers are made of good quality ingredients, but some might contain intense ingredients and may damage the skin. You need to buy the one with a pure, safe formulation for all age groups and skin types. Most of these sanitisers are labelled as ‘mild’ or ‘for all skin types.’

Safe storage

All the alcohol-based sanitisers are flammable; hence, they must be kept in a safe place. Though fire breakouts because of sanitisers are very low, they are still dangerous to be kept in the open and near kids. Find a safe place to keep it that is also out of reach of kids.

You will get the right one if you keep these things in mind while shopping for a hand sanitiser. The most important thing to remember is to keep the sensitivity factor in mind and the ingredients in the sanitiser.

Ananya
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