The Ultimate Guide To Hand Sanitizer For The Family On The Go

The Best Hand Sanitizer for Busy Families.

In this fast-paced world, who has time to apply sanitizer after each touch of a keyboard, twist of a doorknob or handling of a cafeteria tray? Each of these surfaces has 1,000’s of bacteria per inch. Yes 1,000’s!

Add that to the fact that children touch up to 300 surfaces in 30 minutes while at school so they don’t have to be in a science lab to be exposed to a petri dish full of germs.

 The CDC recommends soap and water as the best line of defense. The only issue is we all hope our children are washing their hands throughout the day as recommended but in reality, they most likely just don’t think about it.

Did you know it’s not when our hands are washed or alcohol sanitizers are applied that we contract illness and disease, but rather the time in between washings and applications?

DAB Hand Sanitizer’s clinically proven residual effectiveness fills in the gaps in our day providing a constant glove-like protection to reduce the vulnerability of contracting hand transmitted illness and disease when conventional sanitizers have tapped out. 

DAB’s protection is clinically proven and has been evaluated in the American Journal of Infection Control…twice.

What Hand Sanitizer ingredients including Active are approved by the FDA?

Hand sanitizer’s have been in the media quite a bit lately but not just because we are in the middle of germ and flu season.

The FDA issued a final rule this past Spring on the safety and effectiveness of consumer hand sanitizer’s allowing only 3 active ingredients: ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, and benzalkonium chloride (BZK). 

DAB’s active is benzalkonium chloride and its patent pending formulation is designed for keeping your hands soft and irritation-free without any added fragrance.

Should I Be Aware of Hand Sanitizer Dangers?

In 2012 students “messing around with hand sanitizer and a lighter” burned down a high school in Oregon causing millions of dollars in damage. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are flammable and therefore dangerous.

By definition, Ethyl alcohol is a volatile, flammable, colorless liquid with a slight characteristic odor and alcohol-based hand sanitizer is classified as a Class I Flammable Liquid Substance.

OSHA recommends that children should not be allowed to use or access alcohol-based sanitizer unless properly supervised by an adult. OSHA also recommends alcohol-based sanitizers should not be located in corridors, exits or open areas that lead to them.

DAB Hand Sanitizer’s active ingredient BZK nor the DAB formula is flammable. 

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers there have been about 17,000 cases of hand sanitizer ingestion managed by poison control centers in 2019 in children 12 or younger.

Just licking the hand after application of an alcohol hand sanitizer is unlikely to cause any harm but ingestion of 30 ml in a 25 lb. child could cause serious illness. 

And last but not least, there has been a 400% increase in cases of children under 12 using hand sanitizer to get drunk.

Considering one 250ml container has the same alcohol content as 5 shots of liquor, this would be very easy to do.

As parents, it is not a second thought to grab the standard alcohol-based, so often scented hand sanitizer with a holder that is fun and playful for our children’s backpack or gym bag and send them on their way. The vast majority of parents do not realize the potential issues with these sanitizers.

DAB hand sanitizer does not contain Ethanol or Isopropyl Alcohol but does contain a small amount of Benzyl Alcohol.  This is used as a preservative in low concentration and Benzyl Alcohol is found in many cosmetics, topical medications, and intravenous medications. Therefore, DAB hand sanitizer is not flammable.

Fast Facts About Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer and Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer.

How does hand sanitizer kill virus’s?

Viruses are divided into “enveloped” and “non-enveloped” classifications depending on the presence or absence of lipids (fats) in the cell wall. 

Benzalkonium chloride (BZK) is effective against most enveloped viruses and some non-enveloped viruses.  Benzalkonium chloride (BZK) works against enveloped viruses by damaging the virus coating and causing it to collapse. 

FDA regulations prohibit specific claims about treating specific viruses and bacteria caused illness. 

Does alcohol kill virus’s?

Yes, alcohol kills viruses.

How does alcohol kill virus’s?
Alcohol hand sanitizers kill a large number of viruses, but not all. Alcohols are relatively ineffective against “non-enveloped” viruses and work against such “enveloped” viruses.  Alcohol works by damaging proteins in the virus.

How does hand sanitizer kill bacteria?

Benzalkonium chloride (the active ingredient in DAB) works by adhering to the bacterial cell wall and then penetrating it so that compounds inside the cell begin to leak out leading to the collapse of the cell.

Does alcohol kill bacteria?

Yes, alcohol is effective in killing bacteria.

How does alcohol kill bacteria?

The 70% solution is the one most used by health care institutions now.  As the concentration increases it becomes more effective until it gets to about 90% and then it loses effectiveness since alcohol needs some water in order to work. 

However, as the concentration increases it also causes more skin irritation.  Alcohol works by “denaturing” protein.  This causes protein in the bacteria to coagulate and lose its function.  This damages the cell wall and the bacteria die.

Does hand sanitizer kill flu?

FDA does not allow specific claims of treating or preventing any named illness unless that compound undergoes a "New Drug Application."  We do not sell DAB as a medication, it is just a hand sanitizer, so we cannot make that claim of treating or preventing flu. 

Our philosophy at DAB is to provide a sanitizer and coverage for hands that is both effective and safe. Not to mention non-irritating. We also feel strongly about being able to live in this world as worry-free as possible.

To read more about independent studies or additional benefits of DAB hand sanitizer and protectant go to https://dabprotects.com/pages/science-1

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The DAB Team