Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

About Hand Sanitizer

A hand sanitizer or hand antiseptic is a supplement or alternative to hand washing with soap and water. Various preparations are available, including gel, foam, and liquid solutions. The active ingredient in hand sanitizers may be isopropanol, ethanol, n-propanol, or povidone-iodine. Inactive ingredients in alcohol rubs typically include a thickening agent such as polyacrylic acid for alcohol gels, humectants such as glycerin for liquid rubs, propylene glycol, and essential oils of plants. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are more effective at killing germs than soaps and do not dry out hands as much. Popular alcohol rub brands include Purell, Germ-X, IC Gel, Hygel, Deb, Labo, Aqium, Avant, GermOut, and Aquawet. Lysol, and Method Products also produce popular alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

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