Most of us think of sanitation in terms of visible cleanliness. If something looks clean and is free of dirt, we assume that it is sanitary. But this is far from true.
Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa are microscopic organisms that cause infection and cannot be detected by the naked eye. And they’re everywhere. These organisms occupy surfaces, animals, plants, and even our own bodies. While they’re mainly spread by physical touching, some can also spread through food, water, or the air. That means without proper sanitation, you and the people you love are at risk of being infected and becoming ill.
That’s why keeping your hands clean is so important. We use our hands for everything and touch our hair, face, and body many times throughout the day. Washing your hands with running water and soap for 20 seconds dramatically reduces the amount of germs and chemicals on your hands.
But what if you’re out and about and don’t have a way to wash your hands? The Center for Disease Control Prevention recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when soap and running water are not available.
How Well Does Hand Sanitizer Work?
In some cases, using hand sanitizer is better than using soap and water. And in others it isn’t.
When Is It Better to Use Hand Saniziter?
Alcohol is a widely known and used antiseptic. Humans have been using alcohol and alcohol-based solutions for sanitation since at least 1363, if not before this time. Solutions that contain 90% alcohol are actually more effective at killing viruses than soap and water. Isopropyl alcohol is known for its ability to kill 99.99 % of non-spore forming bacteria in less than 30 seconds. That’s why hand sanitizers are recommended for healthcare settings. However, most over-the-counter hand sanitizers contain only about 60% alcohol or less.
Hand sanitizer is a practical alternative when soap and water are not nearby. Think about how many activities you perform throughout the day where you’re not near a bathroom or sink with running water. Going to the grocery store, driving your car, working on your computer at your desk, touching doorknobs – all of these activities require you to use your hands at a time when soap and water are not immediately accessible.
When Is It Better to Use Soap and Water?
Hand sanitizer does not remove chemicals or pesticides. And it doesn’t kill all germs. It kills most germs, but some are resistant to over-the-counter hand sanitizer. Soap and water are better at removing cryptosporidium, norovirus, and clostridium difficile.
The CDC recommends hand-washing with soap and water over using hand sanitizer whenever possible. Also, you should always wash your hands with soap and water after using the restroom. And if your hands are visibly dirty or greasy, you should use soap and water to clean them.
Hand Sanitizer and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
In December of 2019, a contagious respiratory disease was detected in China that doctors had never seen before. We now know this virus to be a form of coronavirus, which has been titled COVID-19 or SARS CoV-2. Because of a lack of information and knowledge, the virus spread rapidly across the country and was soon detected in other countries and on other continents. Now, in 2020, we are facing a global pandemic of COVID-19.
The CDC has established guidelines for how people can protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. One of them is using alcohol-based sanitizer. Hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol are highly recommended in addition to other precautions such as staying home when ill, limiting contact with others, and hand-washing with soap and water.
Hand sanitizer is recommended it provides a method of sanitation after coming into contact with infected surfaces. The coronavirus is primarily transmitted through particles which travel through the air when people speak or cough. But it can also be transmitted by touching surfaces where the virus is present.
Scientists aren’t sure how long COVID-19 stays on surfaces. Some say four hours. Others say several days. However, it’s believed that other coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS can stay on hard surfaces for up to 28 days if they aren’t disinfected. That means that it’s quite possible that someone can become infected by touching a surface that was contaminated days, if not weeks, before.
If the virus is to be contained, everyone must do their part to participate in CDC guidelines. This includes following sanitation recommendations.
How We’re Trying to Help
Hemp Depot is committed to doing our part to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the community. We ourselves are scientists and researchers at heart. We understand that having access to hand sanitizer is crucial for the health and well-being of the human population at this time. However, we are also well aware that there is a major hand sanitizer shortage. That’s why we’re stepping up to help.
Our Mission: Restore the Health of Our Community and Planet
We’ve decided to donate 20% of our production abilities to this matter. We’ve developed our own hand sanitizer product under our Tru Organics brand, which is now available for purchase to the general public. This product can be easily bought online and shipped to your location. We are also considering requests for wholesale and white label orders.
We are not trying to capitalize on the crisis at hand. Rather, we simply understand its seriousness and we are in a viable position to help. We already have the ingredients needed to make hand sanitizer available in our production facility. It would be more profitable for us to continue using them to make CBD products. But we feel that stopping the spread of COVID-19 is much more important. We’ve developed this product in an effort to support the community during this difficult time, as well as hospitals, healthcare facilities, and organizations in need of sanitation products.
We also believe in keeping this product affordable. Especially since many people are now without jobs. Other retailers have tried to sell their hand sanitizer at astronomic prices. We don’t believe that there’s a need to capitalize on fear or illness. That’s not going to solve this problem any faster. We simply understand that if COVID-19 is going to be stopped, all of us need to work together.
Courage over fear. Community over contagion. Together we can do this!
If you would like to place an order for white-label or wholesale hand sanitizer or are curious to learn more about our mission, please contact our office.