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Do you wash your Hands, use Hand Sanitiser or both? Now that is a very good question….

Posted on 26 May 2020 by AF Web

Washing our hands is something that we have been actively practicing since our early years, but why is it so important now?

In the midst of the global pandemic, washing your hands really is one of the vital ways of keeping clean. This should come as no surprise when hands spread nearly 80% of illness-causing germs. As you can imagine, throughout the day you touch a huge amount of surfaces such as, door handles, staircase rails, lift buttons, smartphones and much more. Germs can live on hands for a up to 3 hours so it doesn’t take a mathematician to work out that without washing your hands, your germs and those of other people could be multiplying over a phenomenal amount of surfaces.

For this months’ blog we wanted to keep the message simple; we know that we need to wash our hands but when and how often?

Here are some typical scenarios that definitely require good hand washing practice

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that you should wash your hands:

  • After coughing or sneezing
  • When caring for the sick
  • Before, during and after you prepare food
  • Before eating
  • After using toilet facilities
  • When hands are visibly dirty
  • After handling animals or animal waste

Washing hands is one of the easiest way to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses, but it is important to follow the correct guidance. For example when your hands are damp, germs can spread up to 1,000 times more than when they are fully dry. So what is the correct practice for hand washing? Singing “Happy Birthday” twice has been recently bandied around as a good example to help with the timing – helping you to know how long you should actually spend washing your hands. The actual washing actions are equally as important as the length of time spent washing.

How to Wash your Hands

Remember those times of hearing “Happy Birthday” ringing out on your special day? It always felt like a lifetime, but in fact, it is only 10 seconds, and two rounds of the song (20 seconds) is the time required to wash your hands correctly. For visibly soiled hands simply follow these steps to ensure each part of your hands are clean (whilst singing along to Happy Birthday for timing guidance of course).

Can you just use a hand sanitiser?

When choosing a hand sanitising gel or rub there is one vital piece of information that you need to know in the prevention of spreading bacteria and viruses.

What is the alcohol content?The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that when hands are not visibly dirty, it is prudent to use an alcohol based hand gel or rub or soap and warm water.

Health experts including the NHS and Public Health England all state that an effective hand rub or gel should contain at least 60% alcohol content.

The AF Core Range of Hand Clene and Anti-bac+ Sanitising Hand Rub all contain above 70% alcohol, but what are the differences?

The Core Range of Hand Clene is available in a handy 50ml pump bottle, a 500ml pump or alternatively the new eco aware refill option. To summarise;

  • Above 70% alcohol content  
  • Non-restrictive sales territories (providing no importation restrictions apply)
  • Contains vitamin E
  • Fragrance free

The Anti-Bac+ Range has demonstrated efficacy against up to 99.999% of bacteria and viruses tested. The advanced defence formulation has passed accreditation to standards EN1500, EN1276, EN1650, EN14476:2013 + A1:2015. To summarise:

  • Above 70% alcohol content
  • Available for sale in UK, France, Germany, The Nordics, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Estonia and Austria
  • Contains vitamin E
  • Fragrance free
  • Rapid action

The final verdict

Here at AF International we believe there are no negatives to keeping clean and good hygiene practice. Wash your hands as recommended using soap and warm water, but don’t forget that the additional use of a hand gel or hand rub could potentially cover areas missed by standard hand washing. Always keep an AF hand gel or rub option in the home, office, car and your bag. Stay clean and stay safe with AF International.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that when hands are not visibly dirty, it is prudent to use an alcohol based hand gel or rub or soap and warm water. 

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