Hand sanitizer – when coronavirus is at the gates, but soap and water are unavailable

Washing your hands (best hand soaps here)  and water  is the best way to fight COVID-19, as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. But soap and water are not always available, for example, on the street and in a store. So you can use sanitizing wipes or hand sanitizer.

CDC recommends alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol and more. Alcohol-free sanitizers with other ingredients in most cases are not effective in combating coronavirus. Do not use vodka and alcohol beverages, they are not high enough in alcohol concentration to kill coronavirus. Do not spray bleach on your skin, is a harsh cleaner and you can use it on surfaces wearing disposable gloves. Hydrogen peroxide is less likely to cause damage, but it can discolor some fabrics. Vinegar isn’t effective as sanitizer.

It is very important to use a disinfectant correctly. Use enough fluid to completely wet your hands. “Wash” them until the sanitizer dries, do not rinse and wipe them. If your hands are very dirty, the CDC recommends using soap. It is a good idea to wipe your hands with a wipe or paper towel if possible, and only then apply a hand sanitizer twice. If you remove some dirt and grease, the disinfectant will become more effective. Swallowing alcohol-based and other hand sanitizers can cause poisoning (CDC).
Sanitizers should be stored out of the reach of young children and preferably have child-resistant caps.

Increased sanitizing, may get hands skin dry and start to crack. As a result, you give germs a place to hide. You should use a moisturizer or moisturizer containing soap to prevent that from happening. Soap and creams with ceramides, dimethicone and shea butter, help to provide a good seal on the skin.

The main active ingredients of hand sanitizer are: isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol or benzalkonium chloride. Alcohol-free hand sanitisers contain usually benzalkonium chloride, it is less effective than alcohol for bacteria and viruses, alcohol-based products are “first choice” for hand sanitizers.

The rush to buy bactericide wipes and hand sanitisers has led to empty shelves in stores. But alcohol is the main ingredient, why not to make sanitizer yourself?

Popular recipe contains 2/3 volume parts of alcohol (usually 99.9% isopropyl alcohol or 90%+ ethanol alcohol), and 1/3 part of aloe vera gel. Aloe vera helps to stop your skin from drying, allow your skin to recover quickly from skin irritations, and stimulate quick regeneration of skin cells. Aloe vera enzymes soothe and moisturize skin hands stimulating the production of natural moisturizing oils and preventing dryness.

The isopropyl alcohol concentration in this case is about  66%. Attention! Rubbing alcohol is commonly 70% isopropyl alcohol, but the percentage ranges from 60% to 99%. If the concentration is more 60%, it’s effective, but you can’t mix it with aloe vera or another moisturizers to keep it 60% or more.

Be careful, drinking isopropyl alcohol causes sedation, unsteadiness when walking, and vomiting. It can also be toxic when inhaled and should be used in a well-ventilated area.

Pure ethanol is hard to get hold, so ethanol found in spirits, may be in the sanitizer recipe, but the concentration should be more than 60%. Most vodka has no more than 40% alcohol.

In addition to aloe vera, you may include essential oils, like tea tree oil, in your homemade solution. In addition, cinnamon and thyme oil, although they are not agents that work directly, will be useful against coronavirus. They have some antibacterial properties and prevent the appearance of cracks that can help keep your hands clean. Make sure you hit the mark when it comes to 60% alcohol content.

Load your handmade sanitizer into spray bottles – this isn’t a gel. You can wet a dry wipes (best antibacterial wipes here) with it or spray it on paper towel and use them as a wipe.


Review: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Your Cleaning Solution!!

A clean house, it is something we all want. Have you ever found that it is hard to find time to clean the house, or to do it effectively when time is short? I may have found a solution for you.
I have tried many different household cleaning wipes. I have not been satisfied with most of them, They leave streaks or a soapy residue or just don’t clean well. I have not been happy with a cleaning wipe until now.

Clorox disinfecting wipes are an absolutely wonderful product. I originally bought them due to my concern about the flu virus. The container said “kills cold amp; flu viruses”. So I thought that if I used the wipes to wipe appliances, doorknobs, etc. that get a lot of hand traffic it would help kill the germs if they were brought home, that was my intent.

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During my plight to keep the cold and flu virus away I found that this product does an exceptional job of cleaning. I have used Clorox disinfecting wipes in fresh scent and lemon fresh scent. These come in large containers of 75 wipes per container. My local Wal-Mart carries these in a two pack for $8.57. For the amount of cleaning I can do with the two canisters and how well they clean I feel this is a very good value for my money. I used these for appliances and they clean the smudges, food etc. right off and the appliances shine. There is no soapy residue or streaking left behind and no soapy build up. One wipe will actually clean several appliances. I also found that they took the yellowing that is caused by cigarette smoking off the appliances.

I also used these on the tiles on my bathroom ceiling and what a difference they made. I had a bunch of spots that the flies left on the ceiling and the wipes cleaned it right off with no scrubbing and even diminished some of the yellowing in the tiles. I was able to use one wipe for several tiles.

I have now used these for everything including appliances, my ceiling and around window frames and I am very pleased with the job they do.

These come in plastic canisters that seal tight, the wipes stay moist with no drying out, and the canisters are easily stackable. The wipes are a good size, they are relatively thick and very moist but not dripping wet so that they leave a mess behind or over saturate. The wipes smell great. Both the fresh scent and the lemon fresh scent offer and clean fresh scent with no bleach smell, don’t let the name Clorox fool you, these do not smell like bleach.

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These have cut my cleaning time way down and made cleaning so much easier, now I just go through and wipe everything down real quick each day with no scrubbing and everything is clean and the house smells fresh.

I cannot guarantee that they kill cold and flu viruses but I can say that in my household we have been very lucky so far and even with four children in public school we have not had illnesses this winter.

If you want a clean house but time is an issue give these a try because they make cleaning so much easier, and even if you have the time for cleaning try them anyway because they do a super job!!

Battle of the Cleaning Wipes: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Vs. Lysol Sanitizing Wipes

These pre-moistened wipes were designed to kill germs conveniently and easily. Traditionally this has been done using sponges, rags and paper towels along with a bottle of cleaner.

The theory behind the development of these products is that using the sponge or paper towel for germy jobs can cause the bacteria to be spread around from one surface to another.

But the wipe will sanitize, disinfect, and then be thrown away.
When it comes to Clorox and Lysol, both brands’ wipes basically perform the same function: disinfect and sanitize hard, non-porous surfaces. Though they are hardly of equal quality.

I first discovered such wipes back in 2001. I had decided to try some of the Clorox Wipes, the lemon scented, and the first thing I was taken with was this wonderful scent. I loved it. I would find reasons (or invent them) to use the wipes, sometimes just holding one to my nose and taking in the clean, fresh aroma. I was also happy with how well they cleaned surfaces like counters, floors, toilets, and walls in every room. They left a glossy shine behind along with what I gleefully imagined was a trail of dead germs.

Due to the increased demand associated with COVID coronavirus Clorox wipes are not always available. Therefore, we offer similar products.

These nifty germ fighters do not contain bleach, although the Clorox name is usually associated with it. But wiped on a hard non-porous surface, it will be sanitized in 30 seconds, disinfected in 4 minutes.

My love affair with Clorox Wipes only hit one snag, and that is the strain it began to have on my tight grocery budget. The fact is, a 35 count canister of Clorox Wipes has an average price close to $3. This doesn’t seem like a lot of money in itself, or as just a one-time purchase. But regular use requires regular purchasing, and if you find that it’s difficult to afford the good meat and brand name products at the grocery store, the cost of these will add up quickly and won’t be able to fit in the budget for long.

Since I found myself in this predicament, I decided to buy the less expensive Lysol Sanitizing Wipes. I had never wanted to before, as I was sure that nothing could hold a candle to my wonderful Clorox wipes. Besides, usually when something is cheaper, there’s a good reason for it.

Like the Clorox wipes, which are available in regular fresh, lemon, orange and lavender scents, the Lysol Wipes come in a variety of scents including Citrus and Spring Waterfall, no lemon heaven here though. They are on average about 60 cents cheaper per canister than the same count of the Clorox wipes.

My experience with the Lysol Sanitizing wipes has not been as blissful. First of all, the wipes are not perforated as well as the Clorox Wipes are, and this makes taking only one wipe at a time difficult.
Also, that glossy glaze left by the Clorox wipes is noticeably absent after wiping a surface with the Lysol wipes. Instead, there is a look similar to what there would be if you wiped the surface with a paper towel soaked with water.

I clearly do not prefer the Lysol wipes to the Clorox ones, but the Lysol wipes are the ones I’ve settled for and use regularly. This is only for cost reasons, though. The Clorox wipes are reserved for special occasions, like a big tax refund.

Even though the Lysol wipes have inferior cleaning power and lack the fresh lemon scent of Clorox wipes, they fulfill the basic purpose of using these kinds of wipes in the first place: killing germs conveniently. The consolation for the underwhelming performance of the Lysol Wipes is the name: Lysol.
Lysol has been in the business of disinfecting for a long time, so that makes me feel well enough about using them over the Clorox brand.

Due to the increased demand associated with COVID coronavirus Lysol wipes are in shortage too. Similar products are

Isopropyl Alcohol Wipes

Alcohol wipes have an increasing demand these days due to the growing interest in improving hygiene, health care and the need for fighting against diseases. Isopropyl alcohol wipes are effective for all purpose cleaning and degreasing. Most of these wipes contain 99% pure isopropyl alcohol and it will be in presaturated form. This alcohol is different from the one which is contained in wine and beer.

Each wipes contains an optimal amount of solvent for the cleaning purpose. It is very effective in situations where you can’t find soap or water to clean your hands. They are good for fighting infection and these wipes will kill all bacteria on the skin surface. It prevents all microbes from entering the body tissue. Alcohol wipes are effective against gram positive and gram negative bacteria, fungi and yeast.

Isopropyl Alcohol wipes can be used on a wide variety of surfaces. They are very effective for sanitizing surfaces. It is good for cleaning your door handles, computer keyboards, telephones, tape recorder heads, laptop’s LCD screen and office items etc. They are available in a wide variety of packages and sizes that suits your needs. They are portable, usable and easily disposable.

The wipes are even used for industrial cleaning mainly for surface preparation prior to adhesive bonding. They are also used in clinics instead of bottled alcohol and cotton. It is a very effective antiseptic topical skin cleanser for preparing your skin prior to the insertion of an IV, drawing blood, or an IM injection. They are also used for cleaning thermometers.
Isopropyl Alcohol is also safe to use on most of the plastics. They are also good for removal of fluxes, light oils, soil, dirt, inks and oxides.

Isopropyl Alcohol wipes are also available in individual sachets which makes it convenient for you to use when you are travelling. These wipes help to fight against many diseases which mainly spreads through your hands and keeps your hand always clean. They are also not that expensive and provides ultimate solution for your cleaning needs. They are widely used in hospitals, clinics, homes, restaurants and offices.