People across the globe are using more hand sanitizer than ever before. In the U.S., hand sanitizer sales in drug stores grew more than 80 percent in February 2020 compared to the same month the previous year. In the U.K., hand sanitizer sales increased 255 percent from February to March 2020 as awareness of the global pandemic rapidly increased. Overall, the global hand sanitizer market was expected to increase 244 percent from 2019 to 2020. Increased demand as a result of the global pandemic has spurred manufacturing of hand sanitizers, and continued growth of the market is expected.
However, many people don’t consider the ingredients in the products they are using. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers have achieved widespread popularity, but they are not the only effective solution. Alcohol-free hand sanitizers that have the active ingredient Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK) offer an alternative with multiple benefits, including helping address the shortage of hand sanitizers in a market with high demand.
Efficacy of Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer
Although most consumers are now familiar with alcohol-based hand sanitizer, not all are aware of the alternatives. A recent BYU study found that “alcohol-free hand sanitizer is just as effective at disinfecting surfaces from the COVID-19 virus as alcohol-based products.” This is good news for the individuals and organizations struggling to keep hand sanitizer in stock because now they can confidently source BZK-based sanitizer without concern about efficacy.
Alcohol-free hand sanitizers are not new on the market; they were just not yet recommended by government officials because the supporting data didn’t exist, so alcohol-based sanitizers were promoted as the best option. Published studies also report that BZK-based hand sanitizers are more effective than alcohol-based products with repeated use, making them a better choice for people who use hand sanitizer repeatedly throughout the day.
Benefits of Decon7’s Hand Sanitizer
Decon7 supplies a BZK-based foam hand sanitizer that kills 99.9% - 99.9999% of the most common germs* that may cause illness in 15 seconds. In addition to its efficacy, this alcohol-free hand sanitizer provides the following benefits:
- BZK can be used in lower concentrations than alcohol while delivering comparable efficacy.
- BZK does not cause a burning sensation when used.
- Unlike alcohol, BZK hand sanitizer is not flammable.
- The product dries fast and does not leave a sticky residue.
- There is no smell associated with the product, unless a fragrance is added.
- It is less drying to the skin and will not stain clothing.
- It contains conditioning and moisturizing ingredients that leave a soft, refreshing, silky after-feel.
- NSF approved for no-rinse hand sanitizing for food handlers.
For people who are required to repeatedly apply hand sanitizer throughout the day because of their jobs, perhaps the most important benefit of BZK-based hand sanitizer compared to alcohol hand sanitizer is that it remains just as effective after multiple applications. This is especially important for healthcare workers, educators, emergency services, food handlers, and other professions that require interaction with other people. With a BZK-based hand sanitizer, you can count on consistent efficacy and a better product experience.
How to Purchase Decon7’s Hand Sanitizer
If you are responsible for keeping hand sanitizer in stock at your organization, you know how challenging it can be to find a reliable supplier with quality products. With recent studies demonstrating the efficacy of BZK-based hand sanitizer, you now have more options for keeping suitable products in hand.
Decon7’s alcohol-free hand sanitizer is available for purchase in 50ml travel bottles, 550ml foaming containers, and gallons, which can be used to refill bottles or dispensers. Also available, is hand sanitizer bags with valves for dispensers and the dispensers themselves. For bulk requests, the Decon7 hand sanitizer is also available for purchase in cases or pallets. If you’d like to learn more about how you can purchase hand sanitizer or any of our other products, contact us today.
*see label for specific use instructions