Hand Sanitizers. Real or Fake?

I was in the supermarket the other day looking for baking products. I like to bake once in a while, mostly because I like to eat. As I was wending my way up and down the aisles, I passed several displays offering various products related to Covid-19. It seems that as long as the public is ill informed, everyone comes out of the woodwork to sell whatever they can, just for the buck.
I picked up a small container of "hand sanitizer" on a display in front of the checkout and as a consumer, and at one time, a researcher, I read the ingredients. It listed Aloe Leaf Juice, water, glycerine and fragrance. No alcohol. On another display were hundreds of other "hand sanitizers" only they listed isopropyl alcohol as the disinfectant ingredient. It was clear that the supermarket was just looking to make a quick buck and this is where the phrase "Caveat Emptor" applies.
As you become more knowledgeable in learning about what works to protect you and your family, you should rely on information that comes from organizations and institutions that have done years of research on products and their ingredients so that what you buy works in the way you intend and does not harm you. Universities who may or may not sponsor research funded by manufacturers publish their results in journals recognized by their peers and those peers often retest the same research to prove that it is valid and can be relied upon.
The CDC, EPA, OSHA, FDA will often take this research, conduct their own research and issue their findings in scientific journals. Whereas you may not have the time to take the effort to read these articles, the information gets out in a variety of summaries and popular articles from many organizations. Many in the medical and healthcare community will rely on these publications to understand what is real, or fake. Read here:
Scientific results are not based on religion, political affiliation or belief. If the stove is hot, and you touch it, it burns and hurts like heck, proving that the stove is hot. Similarly, comparing the disinfecting abilities of ethyl alcohol against isopropyl alcohol demonstrates the same idea. On the same colonies of bacteria, under the same testing conditions, which chemical works better. According to the FDA, ethyl alcohol works better than isopropyl at similar concentrations. The product sold by the supermarket on big stands, was mostly water with no disinfectant. Fake disinfectant.
Look for our next blogs on masks, UV light and besides Covid-19, what else can kill you. In the meantime, Have A Question? Send us an email. We will try to answer it as soon as we can.

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