WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS IN ID® HAND SANITIZER?
The active ingredient in ID Hand Sanitizer® is benzalkonium chloride, which is a unique non-drying, moisturizing and conditioning formulation. The other ingredients are water, cetrimonium chloride, laurtrimonium chloride, dihydroxyethyl cocamine oxide, glycereth-17 cocoate, and citric acid.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS ID® HAND SANITIZER?
ID® Hand Sanitizer kills 99.9999% of most common germs that may cause illness in just 15 seconds and is NSF Approved E3 for no-rinse hand sanitizing.
HOW SHOULD I USE ID® HAND SANITIZER?
Spray a small amount onto your palm. Rub thoroughly over all surfaces of both hands. Rub your hands together briskly until they dry.
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF ID® HAND SANITIZER?
ID® Hand Sanitizer has distinct advantages over gelled alcohol hand sanitizers. While both product forms are fast-acting and allow for use without water or towels, benzalkonium chloride-based products are non-flammable, less drying to skin, and will not stain clothing. Published studies report that benzalkonium chloride-based hand sanitizers demonstrated greater sustained activity than gelled alcohol hand sanitizers, which became less effective with repeated use and made the skin dirtier, not cleaner due to removal of protective natural skin oils and entrapment of dead skins cells by the polymer thickeners used in the gelled alcohol products. (AORN Journal, (68 August 1998), p. 239-251).
WHAT DOES THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) SAY ABOUT THIS?
The CDC recommends alcohol-based hand sanitizers with 60 - 70% alcohol. However there are some clear advantages of benzalkonium chloride based hand sanitizers. The following can be found on the CDC website:
CDC does not have a recommended alternative to hand rub products with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol as active ingredients. Benzalkonium chloride, along with both ethanol and isopropanol, is deemed eligible by FDA for use in the formulation of healthcare personnel hand rubs. (Safety and effectiveness for health care antiseptics: topical antimicrobial drug products for over-the-counter human use. Final rule). However, available evidence indicates benzalkonium chloride has less reliable activity against coronavirus than either of the alcohols. Steinmann E. Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and its inactivation with biocidal agentsexternal icon. J Hosp Infect 2020.
WHAT DOES THE FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION SAY ABOUT THIS?
In April 2019 the FDA stated more studies of ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, and benzalkonium chloride are needed to help the agency ensure that these products are safe and effective for regular use by consumers. The FDA allows three ingredients — benzalkonium chloride, ethyl alcohol, and isopropyl alcohol — to be marketed as OTC hand sanitizers. The FDA declared that 28 active ingredients, including tricloran and benzethonium chloride, are not eligible for evaluation under the FDS’s OTC Drug Review for use in consumer antiseptic rubs. Any other active ingredients require approval under a new drug application or abbreviated new drug application prior to marketing.