Rub versus Gel

A question we get asked a lot is the difference between Hand Sanitiser Rub and Gel.

The main benefit of an alcohol rub over gel is that it does not leave a sticky residue on your hands after use. Clearly, a dry hand is less likely to pickup dirt and germs and this is significant in environments striving for high Health & Safety certification.

ClearWater Hygiene focus on providing protection for work environments. Our aim is to assist businesses in providing the best hand sanitiser for their teams, visitors and customers. This quickly led us to only produce and offer a medical grade 80% alcohol rub. The quick drying, full evaporation of our rub minimises opportunities for individuals to reintroduce bacteria and viruses on to their hands following use.

Just as you would dry your hands after washing them before using a handle on a public toilet door, our 80% alcohol rub rapidly dries after use to achieve the same result.

80% Alcohol versus 70% (or less)

Another question we are often asked is if 80% Alcohol Rub is better than 70%?

The WHO has recommended that a minimum of 60% alcohol is required to be effective. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) notes that alcohol-based disinfectants have been shown to significantly reduce infectivity of enveloped viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 in concentrations of 70%-80%.

At ClearWater Hygiene our mission is to provide the very best protection possible to our customers. There was no question in our minds that we would offer an alcohol rub at the highest end of the ECDC recommendations.

With so many unknowns around Covid-19 and how we, as businesses, should mitigate the risks, we see providing your employees with the highest grade rub as an important step in showing your commitment to maximum protection.

We also feel 80% alcohol demonstrates on a Health & Safety, Insurance and Public Liability level that you adhered to the maximum threshold laid out by the ECDC in the standards you set to ensure the well-being of staff and customers.

You can read the ECDC advice here: ECDC Disinfection of Environments Technical Report