Not all hand sanitisers work against the disease – here’s what you should look for

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The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to a huge increase and demand for hand sanitisers. This is because the CDC, WHO and NHS have all recommended the frequent use of this product to safeguard against the virus spreading further in order to protect the public.

Currently, it’s in such high demand that pharmacies, online retailers and supermarkets are struggling to keep the product in stock (some websites like Boots listing that it will be available again in two weeks). This has now meant that they have had to limit the amount that people can buy per transaction.

Other giants like Amazon and eBay have hand sanitiser listed at an increased price, with one used bottle being sold for £70. But there are still other reputable companies out there helping people receive their share of disinfectants.

Hunter Medical produces alcohol hand gel, which contains 70% of alcohol and is proven to kill the virus in 30 seconds. Available in bulk here.

However, not all hand sanitisers are able to reduce the risk of picking up or transmitting the coronavirus…

The two types of hand sanitiser:


Alcohol is effective at killing most germs. Alcohol hand rubs can contain anywhere between 60% and 95% of usually isopropyl alcohol, ethanol or n-propanol.

Alcohol-based hand sanitisers are effective at killing many viruses and bacteria, including MRSA, E coli, Influenza A, HIV, SARS. This is because alcohol is great at killing viruses by attacking and destroying the protein that surrounds them – making hand sanitisers vital at stopping the virus’s survival and multiplication. Buy hand sanitiser here.

Any hand sanitiser with an alcohol content lower than 60% are only effective at reducing the growth of germs rather than destroying them. But even hand sanitisers that do have 60% do not guarantee the total removal of germs.


Instead of using alcohol, these hand sanitisers use a substitute like benzalkonium chloride. These can be effective in reducing microbes attached to your hand that carry the disease, but they are not as effective as the alcohol-based hand rubs.

Non-effective hand sanitisers for the coronavirus include:

  • No alcohol content
  • Lower alcohol percentage of 60%
  • Homemade hand sanitisers
  • Using vodka instead

What hand sanitiser is the best?

Anti-bacterial hand gels and sanitisers that have a 70% alcohol content – these will kill 99.99% of germs. Shop here.

Achieving the correct balance between the active ingredients is also important. Alcohol-based hand sanitisers with a high alcohol content can strip away important oils and nutrients that cause your hands to dry and become irritated.

Combinations like aloe-vera soothe and take care of the hands as well as protect them from infection.