What is more effective, washing or disinfection of your hands?
Although we manufacture and sell hand sanitizer, we still wash our hands with soap. The experts are united in this area. A thorough and regular washing with the soap is the most effective way of cleaning the viruses and bacteria from your skin. While sanitizers "neutralize" viruses and bacteria on the skin, the running water and soap "flush" them from it.
Unfortunately, we do not always have running water available. Even if you carry your soap with you, the essence of effective cleansing is running water. This is not always available. In these cases, sanitizers come in handy. These can neutralize viruses and bacteria on the skin so that they are no longer dangerous to us. But only with the right formulation. As always, it all starts and ends with the ingredients.
Is the hand sanitener effective?
Laboratory research is the only way to demonstrate the effectiveness of the individual ingredient and the product as a whole. Therefore, always before you trust the product, find out what research, certificates and other evidence the producer has for the sanitizer.
You can search for the simmilar labels on the product or its Web page:
SIST EN 1040:2006
SIST EN 1275:2006
These are the official certificates of product performance within the framework of European standards. These tests are not cheap, so sometimes you will find links to laboratory tests conducted by independent institutions instead. Some products are developed with the help of previous laboratory research and findings.
Can hand sanitizer be dangerous?
The most dangerous ingredients in hand sanitizers are:
alcohol: dangerous due to flammability, as well as irritating to eyes and respiratory system.
hydrogen peroxide: "In the past, it was used to disinfect wounds, often due to its low cost and ease of availability compared to other antiseptics. It is now seen as a slow-healing and scarring agent because it destroys newly formed skin cells. Treatment can trigger only in very low concentrations and if not used repeatedly (source: Wikipedia)
chlorine: "Inhalation of chlorine damages the respiratory system and causes pulmonary edema. Signs of intoxication (depending on the concentration and duration of chlorine exposure) escalate as follows: coughing, sneezing, tearing, burning sore throat, rapid and difficult breathing, wheezing, disturbances of consciousness, at worst case of unconsciousness and death. " (source: Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief)
Dermatological tests can prove that chlorine and hydrogen peroxide in small amounts are harmless to the skin. But even small amounts multiplied by frequent use means higher loads. Regular users of hand sanitizers often suffer from a burning sensation, skin cracking and peeling. Even if we add to hand sanitizers the "care" ingredients, the impact of aggressive chemicals is too strong for regular use.
Is Septec effective against SARS-Cov-2 virus?
According to the WHO, the effectiveness of the disinfectant against the SARS-Cov-2 virus, which causes Covid-19 disease, is dependent on the content of alcohol (ethanol). This must be higher than 60%. Some even cite 70%.
Septec hand sanitizer contains a special formulation whose effectiveness exceeds the effectiveness of 95% ethanol. Even if it contains "only" 70% ethanol. Thus, Septec disinfectant IS effective against SARS-Cov-2 virus.
Can I order in bulk?
Yes, you can and you are invited to do so. For bulk quantities we can prepare speciall offer with discounts. For that, contact us on our contact form.