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How to Choose a Hand Sanitizer - Safe is the New Clean™
May 06, 2021

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, people are buying more hand sanitizing products for their facilities. This led to a deluge of thousands of new brands of sanitizers entering the market. Unfortunately, some come with questionable, substandard or out-and-out dangerous ingredients. Knowing which hand sanitizer is best can be challenging.  But you can choose the best one by carefully considering a few things. Here’s what to look for. 
 
FDA Registration

It’s easy for hand sanitizers makers to give deceptive information or make bogus claims about their sanitizers. To reduce the number of germs and chemicals on hands, the FDA and CDC recommend washing hands with soap and water. But if soap and water isn’t available then they recommend a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.1  

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates hand sanitizers as OTC (Over-the-Counter) drugs because they are used on the body. The FDA regulates not only OTC drug products, but also the OTC drug manufacturing facilities making those products. MicroCare manufacturing facilities are FDA registered for the making of alcohol-based sanitizers under the OTC drug monograph. Each of the Stereze brand hand sanitizer products also have a unique National Drug Code (NDC) number which is required by the FDA. This assures you that Stereze Hand Sanitizers are fully compliant with all FDA regulations and are safe to use. 

High-Quality Ingredients 

With the huge influx of hand sanitizers, it’s no surprise that there have been some impure products out there that prompted product recalls and public safety concerns. The FDA warns that they found hand sanitizer products labeled to contain ethanol, or ethyl alcohol, but actually contain methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when ingested or absorbed through the skin. It can even be life-threatening.2 

MicroCare sanitizer making facilities operate using ISO 9001:2015 certified quality systems, and we take pride in our high-quality products. In addition to using only high-purity alcohol and other raw materials, all Stereze Hand Sanitizer products must pass rigorous quality testing to ensure there are no toxic or other contaminants present. It also verifies that the required amount of alcohol is in our hand sanitizer. 

The Right Amount of Alcohol
According to the CDC, studies find that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60-95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers. In fact, hand sanitizers without 60-95% alcohol may not work well for many types of germs. They may only reduce the growth of germs rather than kill them outright.3 MicroCare ensures that Stereze brand hand sanitizers contain at least 75% alcohol in order to deliver optimal sanitizing effectiveness.

No Added Scent for Safety

Feelings about scents vary widely. Some people like hand sanitizers with floral or fruit scents. Others may find these scents irritating and offensive. Some added scents can also aggravate breathing issues such as asthma and allergies. Stereze hand sanitizing products do not have any added scents and do not have a harsh chemical smell. They have a light alcohol scent that dissipates quickly as the sanitizer evaporates.  They are also free from dyes, parabens, sulfates and phthalates. Like most hand sanitizers, they do wick natural moisturizers from your hands, resulting in dry, itchy skin.  Applying a moisturizer hand cream after using the hand sanitizers usually helps ease that.

Thick, Tear-Resistant Fabric

When using hand sanitizing wipes, the quality of the wipe material makes a big difference. Thin, weak wipes easily tear and fall apart, requiring more wipes for each sanitizing job. This is wasteful. Wipes that shred and disintegrate during use also leave lint behind, adding more time and bother to what should be fast and easy.

Stereze Hand Sanitizing Presaturated Wipes are made with premium fabric wipes that are thick, soft, ultra-strong and tear-resistant. Stereze wipes stand up to rigorous scrubbing. 

A Tight-Sealing Container

Hand sanitizing wipes work only when they are wet.  Stereze Hand Sanitizing Presaturated Wipes come in tight sealing containers to help keep the wipes wet and ready for use. The 100-count tubs feature a spring-loaded “slam-shut” lid that automatically snaps closed after each wipe dispenses, prolonging the shelf life of products after the factory seal is broken. 

Watch the Wipe Count

Wipe count affects your cost, convenience and your environmental footprint.  Many hand sanitizing wipes come with just 35-80 wipes per container. Although they are lower cost per container, lower count containers mean reordering wipes more often. Or worse, running out of wipes completely when you really need them. Stereze Hand Sanitizing Wipes come in 100-count tubs or 800-count buckets. You can also order just foil refill packs and reuse the original containers, limiting the number of plastic containers going to the landfill. Plus, the tubs and buckets are 100% recyclable, improving your environmental impact. 

Your Preferred Hand Sanitizer Method

You can choose a Stereze Hand Sanitizer to match your sanitizing style. Stereze Hand Sanitizers come in a variety of formats to let you choose your preferred method.

  • Sanitizer Sprays come in smaller bottles making them good for spraying onto hands. 
  • Hand Pump Gel Bottles are good for tabletop dispensing. The gel consistency helps control the amount of sanitizer you use.
  • Presaturated Wipes are ideal for high-traffic areas where you need higher-volume hand sanitizing.
  • Presaturated Individual Foil Packet Wipes are smaller individually wrapped wipes for on-the-go hand sanitizing. Stash some in your car, pocket or bag and always have sanitizer at hand. 

Buy with Confidence

Stereze Hand Sanitizers are manufactured in the USA by MicroCare, a company that many users know and trust for providing high-quality, high purity cleaning fluids to essential businesses within the medical device manufacturing, electronics, aerospace, defense and fiber optic industries. Opting for hand sanitizing sprays and wipes from other unknown makers can result in getting products that don’t work, or worse, are dangerous to use. When using any hand sanitizer product, be sure to read and follow the instructions on the product’s Drug Facts Label.

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1 - https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html; Accessed 1-12-2021.
2 - https://www.fda.gov/drugs/coronavirus-covid-19-drugs/hand-sanitizers-covid-19; Accessed 1-12-2021.
3 - https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html; Accessed 1-12-2021.