Choose a safe and reputable brand of Sanitizer
Why is this important, this is because the safety, effectiveness and quality of the product must meet the high standards of FDA requirements, this is to protect you and not cause any harm or no benefit when applying a sanitizing gel to your skin. The product must be gentle and protect your skin on every application. Ensure min 60% Alcohol content, Bactigel has an effective rate of alcohol to kill germs (68%) Hygiene experts, the NHS and Public Health England all agree that to kill most viruses, a hand sanitiser requires at least 60% alcohol content (most contain 60-95%). Sally Bloomfield, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, says that viruses are much more resistant to disinfectants than bacteria. Luckily, she says, coronavirus is an envelope virus, meaning it has a coating around it which the alcohol can attack, thereby eliminating the threat.
Why you should not make your own sanitizer?
This means that making your own sanitiser, while potentially effective against some bacteria, is not something experts would recommend. “It’s very unwise, dangerous, even,” she says. This is due to non tests on the sanitizer product, cannot determine the safety, effectiveness and quality of a homemade sanitizer. You can put yourself at more risk by damaging your skin or the sanitizer formulation might not work to kill viruses. It is impossible not to engage with the world, so you just need to be cautious and methodical in your hand hygiene. “If everyone complies with good hygiene,” says Bloomfield, “then you’re making sure as far as possible that you’re not picking it up, and in the unlikely event you are infected you’re not spreading it.”