The Science Behind Being Safe: Do You Have Hand Sanitizer?

There is a lot of talk in the news and online about washing our hands. Never before has there been so much education being offered about washing our hands!  As things progress nationally over the coronavirus, it is just logical to prepare and arm ourselves with the tools we need to stay healthy. Still, hand washing isn’t always the only option.

What Does Science Say?

Handwashing for 30 seconds is the preferred way to keep germs and viruses off of our hands, and then hopefully off of our faces—where we can contract the Covid-19. But when hand washing isn’t practical—at least in a moment of concern when you are at work, or outside for any reason, then hand sanitizer is the next best option—if it is used correctly!

Hand Sanitizers Do Work

According to the CDC, “using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.” This makes it the perfect option if you are at work, or grocery shopping, or anywhere that you do not have the opportunity of using soap and water. The first problem with using hand sanitizer is that most people do not know how to use hand sanitizers properly. And the second is finding it on the shelves! We are here to talk about both.

Problem #1: Being In A Hurry Isn’t Good

“Haste” is the number one reason that hand sanitizers don’t work in fighting germs. Think about it: You run into your office after returning from lunch when your boss stops you ask for that report right now. You head to your desk and quickly hit the hand sanitizer pump once, then twice. Now you briskly rub our hands together as you eye that report on your desk. You are not thinking about the lotion on your hand, but does that quick pump of the lotion have time to fight the 99.9% of germs promised on the bottle? According to most doctors, it does not.

How to Properly Apply Hand Sanitizer

The first rule of properly applying hand sanitizer is take your time!

  1. When you hit the pump, hit it twice to get the right amount of lotion on your hands. You want to make sure that you have ENOUGH on your hands so that you can wipe out all the germs. Now start rubbing the lotion all over your hands. Make sure you go in between your fingers, up over the top of your hands, and near your nails.
  2. Now keep rubbing the lotion in until every part of both sides of your hands are covered in the lotion.
  3. Rub those hands together for at least 30 seconds to allow your hands to absorb the product completely.
  4. Once every part of both hands is covered in lotion, it is time to let your hands dry. Until your hands are completely dry, you risk the chance of transferring germs, so do not pick up a fork, touch your laptop, check your text messages, or make a call until your hands are DRY.
  5. Enjoy this momentary break.  As you are waiting for your hands to dry, the hand sanitizers will immediately go to work, swiftly killing 99.9 percent of all microorganisms on our hands.

Can CBD + Hand Sanitizer Be A Better Option?

In a 2008 study by the Journal of Natural Products, scientists made a note of the antibacterial cannabinoids present in Cannabis products. They discovered that all five of the major cannabinoids “showed potent activity against a variety of methicillin-resistant virus strains.” Since 2008, we have learned quite a bit about the cannabinoids in both cannabis and hemp products. This antibacterial property in CBD can boost your hand sanitizer for even more germ-fighting. CBD, combined with a traditional alcohol-based hand sanitizer solution, might just be the combination that can keep the Covid19 virus from your workplace and home.

Problem #2: What If Stores Are Out of Stock?

If you are a wholesaler who is trying to keep your customers safe, the Certified CBD Center has bulk order options to get the highest quality hand sanitizer with CBD—while supplies last. They include the 60% alcohol content recommended by the CDC along with Aloe, and both CBD and CBG. This unique formulation is sure to be in demand, even after the Covid-19 scare passes. Order here

Talk to your customers about the added benefit of CBD.  Posting information about the properties and the combination might just help someone from carrying the virus home.  This is all new territory for everyone, but what is certain is that education is key to keeping us all safe and healthy. 

Stay safe!

Maria Bereket is a Digital Marketing Trainer, Consultant, and Content Writer. She is currently offering courses with the CBD Training Academy to help business owners grow their CBD businesses responsibly and successfully.  Learn more