If there’s one aspect of our lives that’s completely transformed in the last year, it’s the use of hand sanitiser. It’s at every front door, in all the bathrooms, and many of us have a spare bottle hanging around in our coat pockets. However, hand sanitiser comes in two very different forms. Gel and spray. Today we’re going to put both options under a microscope so you can make an informed decision on what works best for you.
Ultimately, hand sanitisers are there to kill germs. Whether they’re gel or spray they should be removing bacteria from your hands. We say should, because not all do. Hand sanitisers contain around 60% alcohol, those that are alcohol-free do not kill germs. It is this ingredient that protects you and removes any nasties from your hands.
The fact that the majority of sanitisers do what they’re desired to do, the choice between gel or spray comes down to only a few differences. Take a look at how each sanitiser performs and make a choice that works for you and your style of living.
When you think of sanitiser, you might picture gel. It’s more readily available and far more popular in supermarkets. Packaged in plastic bottles and often a single-use product. For those who are looking for a sustainable hand sanitiser, there are probably some more suitable options out there.
Gel hand sanitiser also takes around 30 seconds from application to kill all germs. Of course, it has to be applied properly, this means getting into all the areas in between your fingers. If you don’t, bacteria will survive on your hands and spread. It means that while the gel sits easily in the middle of your palm when you pour it, you have to be more thorough with spreading it around your hand. Using gel can be slightly less effective if you’re in a hurry, but it’s hugely accessible if you’re out and about.
You may have encountered liquid hand sanitisers in a couple of public places. The liquid is harder to keep on your palm and you often end up with it dripping onto the floor. This is why spray sanitises are so useful. They harness the liquid hand sanitiser and transform it into a method that’s easy to use.
Liquid hand sanitiser differs from gel in that it only takes around 15 seconds to kill bacteria. This is because the alcohol levels tend to be higher. The same applies as it did with gel in that you must get into every nook and cranny of your hand, but with it being a liquid it can be easier.
The issues some people have with liquid hand sanitisers is that they’re not easily transported. However, when they’re in spray form, you can take them with you on-the-go, all you need is a refillable spray bottle.
As you probably already know, hand sanitiser is in high demand and as a nation, we’re using it a lot. To reduce our plastic consumption, refillable options are always the best for the environment. While there are only a few refillable options out there, Purdy & Figg offer a wide variety of naturally scented sanitiser sprays. The unique fragrances come in a 50ml bottle, perfect for taking with you, but you can also order larger bottles to keep your miniature bottle topped up.
What’s more, they also provide natural hygienic hand balms if your hands need that little bit of extra care. They still kill 99.99% of bacteria, still have 70% alcohol, but the Shea Butter in the mixture leaves your hands soft and safe. The perfect combination.
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