Choosing the Best Hand Sanitizer - Safe is the New Clean™

Author: Emily Peck, MicroCare Senior Chemist

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, people are scrambling to find hand sanitizing products for their buildings and facilities. Most sanitizers are selling out quickly. This led to an influx of thousands of new brands of sanitizers, some with inferior or even dangerous ingredients. Getting a hand sanitizer that is both safe and effective can be a challenge. But you can choose the best one by carefully considering a few factors. Here’s what makes a good hand sanitizer.

MicroCare Provides FDA Regulated Products

Some sanitizer manufacturers and suppliers make false claims or give untrue information about their sanitizing gels, sprays and wipes. To reduce the number of germs and chemical on hands, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recommend washing hands with soap and water. However, if that is not possible then they recommend a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as the best alternative. This can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.1

The FDA regulates hand sanitizers as Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs because they are used on the human body. The FDA regulates not only OTC drug products, but also the OTC drug manufacturing facilities making them. MicroCare manufacturing facilities are FDA registered for the manufacture of alcohol-based sanitizers. All Stereze™ Hand Sanitizer products are registered with the FDA under the OTC drug monograph. They 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.

MicroCare Provides Safe and High-Quality Hand Sanitizer Products

With the increase of manufacturers producing and selling hand sanitizing products there have been some adulterated products produced that resulted in public safety concerns and product recalls. The FDA warned health care providers and consumers that they found hand sanitizer products labeled to contain ethanol, or ethyl alcohol, but actually contained toxic methanol (or wood alcohol) contamination.2

MicroCare manufacturing facilities operate in conformance with ISO 9001:2015 certified quality systems, and we take pride in our high-quality products. In addition to sourcing only high-purity alcohol and other raw materials, all Stereze Hand Sanitizer products adhere to strict quality testing ensuring there are no unwanted contaminants present. It also verifies that the necessary amount of alcohol is present to provide the most effective hand sanitizing.

According to the CDC, hand 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. Hand sanitizers without 60-95% alcohol may only reduce the growth of germs rather than kill them outright.3 MicroCare quality practices ensure that Stereze hand sanitizers contain at least 75% alcohol to meet the FDA guidelines for effectiveness.

No Added Fragrance Improves Safety

Opinions about fragrances vary a lot. Some people like hand sanitizers with floral or fruit scents. Others however, may find these fragrances bothersome. Some added scents can trigger breathing issues including allergies and asthma. Stereze hand sanitizing products do not produce a harsh chemical smell and don't have any scented additives. They have a light alcohol scent that dissipates quickly as the sanitizing fluid evaporates. They are also free from dyes, sulfates, parabens, and phthalates. Like most sanitizers, they do remove natural moisturizers from your hands. This may result in itchy, dry and cracked hands. Applying a moisturizing hand cream helps with that.

High-Quality Packaging - Stereze Hand Sanitizing Presaturated Wipes

The sanitizing wipe materials you use is important. Good quality wipes and containers make hand sanitizing faster and easier. Thin, dried-out, biodegradable or compostable wipes tear easily and come apart, meaning you often use more wipes. This is wasteful in the long run. Wipes that fall apart during use also leave lint. This adds extra time and effort to your hand sanitizing.

Stereze Hand Sanitizing Presaturated Wipes are high quality premium fabric wipes that are soft, thick, ultra-strong and tear-resistant. They withstand rigorous, prolonged scrubbing, reducing the need to use more wipes and limiting the amount of waste you produce. 

A Good Quality Container Makes a Difference

Presaturated hand sanitizing wipes only work if they are moist. The 100-count tub of Stereze Hand Sanitizing Presaturated Wipes have a unique spring-loaded “slam-shut” lid that automatically snaps closed after each wipe is pulled from the container. This helps keep them wet after the factory seal is broken. 

Higher Wipe Counts Save Time, Money and the Environment

Some presaturated hand sanitizing wipes have just 35-80 wipes per container. Although they cost less, lower count containers usually requires reordering wipes more often. Or running out of wipes completely. Stereze Hand Sanitizing Presaturated Wipes are available in 100-count tubs or 800-count buckets. These reduce the number of plastic containers sent to the landfill. Stereze Hand Sanitizing Presaturated Wipes are also sold in foil refill packs. The refills let you reuse the original containers. Plus, the containers are 100% recyclable. This also helps decrease your impact on the environment.

What's Your Preferred Hand Sanitizing Method?

You can choose a Stereze Hand Sanitizer to match your sanitizing method. Stereze Hand Sanitizers come in different types to encourage convenient hand sanitizing use.

Build Confidence in Your Sanitizing Process with Stereze Hand Sanitizers

No matter which way you sanitize, it’s always best use a hand sanitizer brand that you know and trust. Using sprays and wipes from other unfamiliar suppliers can result in getting products that don’t sanitize or are dangerous to use. When using any hand sanitizer, read and follow the instructions on the product’s Drug Facts Label.

Stereze Hand Sanitizers are made in the USA by MicroCare in our New Britain, CT facility. MicroCare has been providing high-quality, high purity cleaning fluids to essential businesses within the medical device manufacturing, electronics, aerospace, defense and fiber optic industries for over 35 years. The MicroCare quality system is ISO 9001:2015 certified, and all MicroCare products come with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

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.