Hand Sanitizer

$5.99

Apothecary Naturals Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer

Antibacterial skin cleanser effective in destroying harmful bacteria. Alcohol-Free Instant Hand Sanitizer. Made with plant based ingredients. It is a quick, efficient and easy way to sanitise your hands without the need for soap, water or towels. Simply apply to your hands and rub together until dry (10-30 seconds). With our formula, a little goes a long way! 3 size options. 

    • Kills 99.99% of germs quickly

    • Contains NO alcohol

    • Does NOT sting

    • Fragrance-free

    • Non-flammable & non-toxic

    • Moisturizing with Aloe Vera

    • Lasts up to five times as long as an alcohol-based gel

    • Unique metered pump foaming dispensers

    • The ingredients in our Hand Sanitizer are proven and safe

    • Canadian Made and Owned.

Active ingredient:(v/v) Purpose Benzalkonium chloride 0.15%.

Inactive ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil. Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

Warnings: For external use only. When using this product avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water. Stop use & consult a doctor if irritation develops. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, call a poison control centre or get medical help immediately. For Adults and children over 2 years: • For occasional & personal use • Supervise children when they use this product • Rub thoroughly into hands for at least 30 seconds. Allow to dry. 

DIN #02498847

THE SCIENCE Behind our Hand Sanitizer

Many reports are coming out stating that only alcohol-based hand sanitizers should be used to help stop the spread of bacteria and viruses.  However, scientific research has now proven that using the compound benzalkonium chloride (BK) shows significant improved persistent antibacterial activity vs the comparator ethanol-based formulation.  We have included some links below to help you make an informed decision. 

A statement from Beckers Healthcare

How effective are different hand sanitizer formulations for hand washing?

Written by Rachel Popa | February 19, 2019 

Benzalkonium chloride hand sanitizer is more effective than ethanol-based hand sanitizer, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

The efficacy of benzalkonium chloride hand sanitizer and ethanol-based hand sanitizer was compared by measuring persistence of staphylococcus aureus four hours after application.

The key details to know:

1. Benzalkonium chloride hand sanitizer was associated with a reduction in colony-forming units at three different time points.

2. Ethanol hand sanitizer was significantly less effective.

3. Researchers concluded, "These results show a major improvement in persistent antibacterial activity for the benzalkonium chloride formulation compared to the comparator ethanol-based formulation."

Researchers sought to determine the persistence of antibacterial activity of hand sanitizers by comparing one with a non-alcohol-based formulation using benzalkonium chloride (BK) (0.12%) vs one with an ethanol-based formulation (63%) (comparator product). They used a technique modification prescribed in American Society for Testing and Materials protocol E2752-10 to measure the persistence of antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus at up to 4 hours after application. Outcomes revealed a noticeable reduction in colony-forming units with the application of the test product (BK) at each of the three-time points tested (3.75-4.16-log10 reductions), while the comparator produced less than 1-log10 reduction over the same period. These results indicate that the BK formulation has significantly improved persistent antibacterial activity vs the comparator ethanol-based formulation.

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