FAQs -Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizers containing alcohol are much more effective than those that do not. It must also have a concentration of 60%-90% of either Ethyl Alcohol or Isopropyl Alcohol to be safe and effective.
We use 70% USP Isopropyl alcohol ensuring you get the effectiveness you need without sacrificing your skin’s moisture.
Alcohol breaks the lipid-based coating of some bacteria and viruses, effectively destroying them.
Some manufacturers include subpar ingredients to cut costs. This not only makes the product less effective but can leave your hands feeling sticky or greasy after applying.
Our product contains the highest quality ingredients to ensure there is no residue left on your hands once it evaporates.
Isopropyl Alcohol and Ethyl Alcohol both destroy organisms the same way, making them equally effective.
We chose to formulate with Isopropyl Alcohol as it is often preferred for topical use since it dehydrates the skin less than Ethyl Alcohol. Therefore, leaving your hands comfortably moisturized.
Hand sanitizers in Canada and the US are required to have an NPN number or an NDC number respectively on their label. Both numbers prove that the product complies with the regulations where it is being sold and it follows the safety requirements.
Be cautious of hand sanitizers that smell of tequila or vodka as it most likely contains the lower grade (technical grade) of alcohol. Other companies may also add fragrance to mask this odor.
Many companies have been using technical grade Isopropyl Alcohol or Ethyl Alcohol. This grade of alcohol is cheaper for manufacturers but has higher levels of contaminants that can cause irritation, excessive dryness, and allergic reactions. Make sure to only purchase hand sanitizers made with USP pharmaceutical grade alcohol.
All Eco-Med hand sanitizer products are made using the highest grade of USP Isopropyl Alcohol.
This is the ONLY grade acceptable for use on skin and in medical facilities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends covering all surfaces of your hands with the product and rub them together until dry. Rubbing your hands increases the ability to destroy germs so it is important to do so vigorously until it is completely dry.
Only use if your hands are not visibly dirty.
Vitamin E has significant antioxidant properties to help defend your skin from pollution and other environmental stressors.
Aloe Vera has long been known for its healing, moisturizing and softening ability.
Unlike other hand sanitizers, ours includes BOTH Vitamin E oil and Aloe vera to provide superior moisturizing effects. This better protects your skin from micro-tears, caused by dry skin, which can leave you more susceptible to bacteria and viruses.
Once your hands are completely dry and our Eco-Med hand sanitizer has evaporated. You can now safely eat, play with your pets, or do any other activities that would require the use of your now clean hands!
Using products like our EcoLotion after using hand sanitizers can reduce the discomfort from dry hands that may occur from repeated prolonged use of hand sanitizer.
Yes. Gloves provide a barrier between your skin and surfaces but can often have micro-tears invisible to the naked eye. The number of microtears increase the longer you wear the gloves which allows microorganisms to come in contact with your skin. Using hand sanitizer before and after removing gloves, will destroy most bacteria and viruses and keep you safe.
Fragrances found in many other hand sanitizers cause irritation, sensitization, and allergies. Research has found it may even cause toxic hormonal effects in the long-term.
The mild alcohol scent from our hand sanitizer dissipates within 30-40 seconds of applying, which is why we chose to make all our hand sanitizer’s fragrance-free. This way our product is kinder to the skin and you can be confident knowing no toxic or harmful ingredients were added.
Gels and foams are the most common and easiest to use consistency as they cling to the skin during use. This means you will not waste any product as you rub your hands, like when using a liquid or spray (atomizing) hand sanitizer. Regardless, the consistency and packaging are a personal preference and the different consistency does not affect its efficacy.
During this COVID19 pandemic, Health Canada has provided concessions to manufacturers to make hand sanitizers by providing temporary NPN numbers and licences. Although this helped get product to the market, it also meant a lot of companies that do not follow the rigorously high standards we do, are now providing hand sanitizers that may be unsafe. We have been manufacturing Medical Devices since 1992 and hold FDA, Health Canada and many other certifications and licences that take years and dedicated regulatory and quality teams to meet.
Many other companies have already had their licences revoked and products recalled due to their ineffective and dangerous products. You can be confident our hand sanitizers are safe, exceed every requirement and will stay on the market for the foreseeable future.
Hand Sanitizers that contain alcohol are definitely flammable but studies suggest that it would take the vehicle’s internal temperature to reach an excess of 570 degrees F (298℃) in direct sunlight for a hand sanitizer to spontaneously combust; well above the recorded temperatures registered inside most cars parked in the summer heat.
Flammable liquids can turn to vapor in high-heat and if there is an introduction of static energy into the environment this can lead to a flame. Always read and follow the label to determine how to properly store hand sanitizer. If possible, do not leave hand sanitizer in the car.
Hand sanitizers are flammable products. This means that during transportation, certain documentation, stickers, and placards are required to safely carry hand sanitizers across the country. Many companies overlook this in order to save costs but do not realize that by doing so, it puts the transporter and customer in a dangerous situation. It is also illegal in Canada and US to transport flammable liquids without the appropriate labeling and placards.
We have made significant investments in placards, labels, training and equipment to ensure we manufacture, transport and provide the customer with hand sanitizer safely.