UPDATE: We have received our next batch of sanitiser, so the 250ml bottles and kits are there to order.
HAND SHIELD - HAND SANITISER
WHAT IS IT?
This is an Alcohol-Free hand sanitising spray, designed to kill bacteria and viruses. It is rated to kill 99.9% of germs, and also provide on-going protection for 2+ hours after it is applied.
Unlike Alcohol-Based gels which quickly damage your skin, Hand Shield doesn't dehydrate, and also includes several moisturisers to help negate any damage and irritation.
It is free from Alcohol, Fragrances, and Parabens.
DOES IT WORK AGAINST COVID-19?
Covid-19 is a Novel Coronavirus, meaning it has only existed for a few months, and has received very little testing so far beyond vaccine research. However, it is part of the Coronavirus family, and is very similar to SARS, H5N1 (Avian Flu), H1N1 (Swine Flu) – and those have been tested.
The ingredients in this sanitiser have been tested as fully effective against: MRSA, H1N1, H5N1, SARS, MERS, NOROVIRUS (vomiting bug), and ADENOVIRUSES.
Sanitising your hands, and objects you are touching is 1 part preventing the spread – though coughing and sneezing are probably the most effecting at spreading, so stay in well ventilated environments, if it's possible. Every little helps.
ALCOHOL VS ALCOHOL-FREE COMPARISON
Alcohol Gel Pros:
1) Very cheap and easy to manufacture, and at the recommend strength of 60-70% it is proven to kill almost all bacteria and viruses.
Alcohol Gel Cons:
1) Highly damaging to skin when used regularly (often causes skin to crack, thus exposing you to viruses directly).
2) Needs generous amounts of gel each application to work properly, thus increasing the long term cost (lots of people only apply a small amount to conserve supplies – which doesn't kill the germs).
3) Once the alcohol has evaporated a minute later, there is no lasting protection whatsoever.
Far less damaging on skin, and can be used very regularly.
They generally apply a coating on the skin, which continues to kill nasties for 2-4 hours after application
Generally comes in spray bottles with a water-like consistency, and use far less per application than alcohol-gels.
More complicated to make, and a lot more expensive to produce (anybody can mix 99.9% alcohol with Aloe gel, even at home).
Some brands don't list active ingredients, and none have been scientifically tested on this new Covid-19 (though many tests have been done on other Coranaviruses like SARS, H5N1 (Avian Flu), MERS, etc).
WHY THE PRICE?
As you may have noticed, hand sanitisers are in extremely short supply at the moment... but also lots of ingredients and other supplies have been affected. Global shipping has slowed down, and since vast amounts everything come from China, there are currently shortages of many things – and prices have been pushed up on all ingredients.
Our Hand Sanitiser is made here in the UK, and being alcohol-free, its base cost is far more than simple alcohol products. Many of the bottles are in short supply as well.
Also for shipping, unfortunately, even a small 30ml bottle falls into the “small parcel” postage category due to the thickness of the package. This means Royal Mail charge the same to post 1 bottle or 10 bottles... therefore selling a single small bottle is pointless and expensive.
HOW TO USE
Hand Shield can just be sprayed onto your hands, then rubbed to ensure total coverage. It has water-like consistency, and leaves minimal residue behind. 2-3 sprays is enough to coat the hands. It will also work in any standard spray/mister bottle – so it can be decanted into other sized bottles.
TIPS & TRICKS
Once you have sprayed your hands, make sure you cover your finger tips – especially under and around your nails! It is easy to miss that area, though that is the mostly likely part to touch your eyes and nose.
When you've sprayed your hands, you can wipe/rub anything you are holding to disinfect at the same time. One of the best times to do this is when shopping – once you have gotten a trolley at the supermarket (and possibly a barcode scanner), spray your hands, then rub the trolley bar and handles, scanner, etc – then finish off fully coating your hands. Once you have finished shopping, consider spraying your hands again, as you will have probably touched many items, tills, cash, card PIN machines, and so on.