Are Alcohol-Based Sanitisers Safe?

Recent media press releases once again question whether alcohol-based hand sanitisers, that are being used at the entrance to stores as well as those sold off the shelf, are compliant with relevant legislation.

More distressing is that traces of high toxicity levels have recently been found in some sanitiser-branded products.

This begs the question, are alcohol-based sanitisers safe to use? What is that burning sensation on your hands you feel soon after being sprayed?

Take a look at the damage to the screen of a portable card machine caused by a well-known brand of hand sanitiser …..

If this is the damage that alcohol-based hand sanitisers can cause to equipment imagine what it is doing to your hands, eyes, etc.

Is there a safe alternative option to alcohol-based sanitisers available?

To the uninformed, the word ‘acid’ conjures up all sorts of red flags and that is perhaps one of the reasons why hypochlorous acid (HOCl) did not take off as it should have during the early stages of the pandemic.

HOCl is produced by our white blood cells to ward off infections especially when we have open wounds.

Commercially manufactured HOCl is one of the safest disinfectants on the Planet. Used by dentists as a gargle/deep root canal treatment; by doctors to treat open wounds; by opthamolagists to treat eye infections; etc.

One of the few disinfectants that the FDA has approved that does not require a rinse once applied to fresh produce.

HOCl has a kill rate of 99,9% of all pathogenic organisms, including viruses, spores, moulds in a matter of seconds to minutes depending on concentration levels.

For more information on SAHPRA Grade HOCl as a disinfectant/sanitiser go to