What can I do as a parent, teacher, school health professional to let people know there are alternatives to mainstream sanitizers? -Set a good example, and let your children see you practice good hand hygiene. Reinforce the importance of hand hygiene at home and in the classroom. Contact your school principal to discuss the impact of illness and absenteeism on academic performance and school funding, and the availability of hand washing facilities, and implementing use of safeHands, an alcohol-free, non-flammable sanitizer.
Can safeHands be used in my child's school? -You can find safeHands® in classrooms across the country. School districts, PTA and Teachers across the country want only safeHands for their school.
What is the germ-killing ingredient in safeHands?- safeHands® Instant Hand Sanitizer contains the germ-killing ingredient Benzalkonium chloride. This antiseptic has been used for over 60 years in hospitals and doctors offices. It is approved for safety and effectiveness in antiseptic applications ranging from skin treatments for minor irritations (e.g. Bactine®) to surface sanitizers (e.g. Lysol®). It has even been approved by the FDA for use as a germ-killing ingredient in mouthwashes.
When and where should I use safeHands?-Anytime you need to clean your hands, for example, before eating, after sneezing or coughing, when handling money, after changing diapers, and after handling pets. Use safeHands® anytime soap and water are not available.
How do I use safeHands?-Apply as directed, and use the same technique to rub in safeHands® as you do to thoroughly wash your hand with soap. Be sure to cover the palms, back off hands, between fingers, around the fingernails, and clean under the fingertips by rubbing against the palm of the opposite hand.
Where can I buy safeHands?-You can find safeHands at several fine retailers, using our store locator or feel free to order online.
What are the advantages of an alcohol-free sanitizer?- Alcohol gels and rubs strip away the skin’s natural oils and severely dry the skin with repeated use. This effect has many negative implications that reduce the effectiveness of alcohol based products in real world environments. For example, users of alcohol based products often complain of the drying and irritation resulting from prolonged use of alcohol based products, and are therefore prone to avoid their repeated use. Additionally, alcohol based products not only dry the skin, but also cause the formation of small cracks in the skin increasing the skin’s capacity to trap and carry disease-causing germs. Alcohol begins evaporating from the skin almost immediately after it is applied. Upon evaporation of the alcohol, its germ-killing power is gone, leaving the skin dry, chapped, and susceptible to infection. Alcohol based sanitizers contain as much as 70% ethyl alcohol, and are therefore highly flammable. In contrast, safeHands® contains no alcohol and is non-flammable. Today, safeHands® is present in commercial passenger aircraft, elementary schools, public recreation areas, and many other environments where safety, as well as hygiene are primary concerns.
Does safeHands kill germs? -Yes 99.99%!
What is safeHands -safeHands® was originally formulated for the hands of professional health care providers like CEO Dr. Jay Reubens whose hands got dry and cracked after sanitizing over 100x a day with alcohol at his medical practice. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the best way to prevent the spread of germs is hand washing and hand sanitizing. safeHands® instantly kills germs, helping to prevent the spread of disease. safeHands® helps stop germs wherever you are… at work, home, traveling, shopping, or anywhere that you may go. Unlike alcohol based products, which may contain as much as 70% alcohol, safeHands® is alcohol free and non-flammable. You will see safeHands® used at businesses, medical clinics, food preparation services, airlines and in schools; any place where people gather and when hygiene and fire safety are primary concerns. Because safeHands® is alcohol free it softens skin like a lotion. There is no need to worry about skin irritation or “that sticky alcohol smelling residue” common with other hand sanitizers. safeHands® patented, gentle formulation ensures that the repeated use of safeHands® will leave your skin noticeably softer at the end of the day. safeHands® is very economical. safeHands® provides more than three times the number of applications of comparable size alcohol gel sanitizers. However, it is gentle enough for daily use even on the sensitive skin of children.
What are the advantages of an alcohol-free sanitizer? -It’s not flammable, it’s non-toxic, and it won’t dry out your skin.
Are there any published tests? -A major corporation wrote the CDC’s guide on hand washing. We don’t lobby, we don’t pay off government officials. There are many tests that have been performed on our main ingredient benzalkonium chloride. Benzalkonium chloride has been around for years in medicine cabinets and used in eyedrops, mouthwashes and even First-Aid sprays like *Bactine to prevent infection on cuts and bruises.
Is safeHands alcohol free sanitizer safe for babies? -Yes! Our safeHands alcohol free sanitizer formulation makes it safe to use on baby’s little hands. Most of the team here at safeHands has children with the youngest one being three years old. We know how curious little ones are and love to touch everything. We also know that alcohol based hand sanitizers can feel like they burn to young skin.
Does hand sanitizer kill Norovirus? -Although no hand sanitizer will kill Norovirus alone, the CDC recommends using soap and water to keep your hands clean. No hand sanitizer can claim they kill Norovirus. However the EPA does have a list of cleaners that are effective against norovirus.]
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