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Frequently Asked Questions
75% alcohol hand sanitiser is a liquid solution hand rub that comes in a 70ml bottle. When hand washing with water and soap is unavailable alcohol based hand sanitiser is the second best solution. Hand sanitisers/handrubs with an alcohol concentration between 60–95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
Alcohol-based hand rubs can inactivate many types of microbes very effectively when used correctly, although it is very important hand sanitiser is used correctly in large enough amounts and is not wiped off before it has dried.
You can find out the best way to wash your hands here to ensure that you are properly cleaning your hand when you wash them.
You can buy hand sanitiser online from e-Surgery, to use when hand washing is unavailable, and have it delivered to your door to ensue that you never run out.
The key ingredient to hand sanitiser is alcohol, hand sanitisers that do not contain alcohol are much less effective. There are different types of alcohol (for example the alcohol we drink is Ethanol), and hand sanitiser contains Isopropyl alcohol.
Alcohol breaks down the proteins within bacteria and viruses and destroys disease causing pathogens. This can happen even with a 30% alcohol hand sanitiser solution, but an alcohol solution of 60–95% is most effective.
The World Health Organisation recommends that you buy hand sanitiser online for both for hygienic hand antisepsis and for presurgical hand preparation.
The Centre for Disease Control highlights the importance and effectiveness of alcohol based hand sanitiser.
As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) specifications for recommended hand sanitiser formulations the hand sanitiser you will receive contains:
- Isopropyl alcohol 99.8%
- Hydrogen peroxide 3%
- Glycerol 98%
- Sterile distilled or boiled cold water
You can find more information about the official World Health Organisation (WHO) ingredients of alcohol hand sanitiser here before you buy hand sanitiser online.
When you buy hand sanitiser apply a generous amount to the palm of one hand and rub the product all over the surfaces of your hands until your hands are dry. Make sure to get in between fingers and wrists.
You should wash or sanitise your hands often, this is even more important since the spread of the coronavirus.
Some essential times to be washing/using alcohol hand rub should be:
- when you get to work or arrive home
- when you get on or off public transport
- before eating food
- before or after preparing food
- after using the toilet
- before or after treating someone who is ill
- after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
When hand washing is not available alcohol based hand sanitiser or hand rub can help to destroy bacteria and viruses. Although it will not completely prevent your chances of catching a virus it will help reduce the chances.
According to WHO (World Health Organisation) washing your hands thoroughly and consistently is essential, especially before eating or touching your mouth or eyes. You should practice self isolation and social distancing where possible, only leaving the house where it is essential. Follow the government’s advice and avoid anyone who is showing virus symptoms.
You should make sure you cover your mouth and nose when sneezing and make sure to wash your hands after.
Regulations for washing hands and using sanitiser has become more important since the recent spread of the Coronavirus.
The symptoms of the Coronavirus are explained below:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
Although it is worth being aware that this a new virus that is still being studied, meaning that we may not be aware of all of the symptoms. They are very similar to that of a regular flu, but are far more likely to progress to more serious breathing issues.
Anyone who lives in or has recently travelled to mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau, is advised to stay indoors and call the NHS 111 phone service.
The government guidance is constantly changing, but is recommend that everyone in the UK apart from essential workers stays home as much as possible to halt the spread of infection. Wearing 3-ply surgical face masks when leaving the house can help prevent infection as well washing your hands regularly.
You can find recent information regarding the Coronavirus pandemic on the NHS website.
If you buy hand sanitiser it is generally safe for everyone though can dry out your skin. It is not intended as a replacement for traditional hand washing, although it is still effective.
The Patient info article suggests ways to wash your hands if you have eczema or dry skin to prevent worsening your hands conditions.
If you buy hand sanitiser it can help to prevent bacterial or viral infections and helps or protect not just yourself but others around you, particularly those who are vulnerable such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.
Yes you can buy hand sanitiser online (abiding by official WHO specifications) from e-Surgery. The bottle is 70ml and contains 75% alcohol.
When buying from an online pharmacy always look for the green GPhC and MHRA logo on the bottom of each page you visit.
You can use the GPhC website to check if a pharmacy is registered. This will ensure that when you buy medicine or medical equipment online it will be genuine.
You can find more information before you buy hand sanitiser online in the World Health Organisation guide to hand rub formulation.
There is also information about alcohol hand sanitiser and hand rub from the Center for Disease Control.
Finally you can use our completely free Ask-a-Pharmacist service to get health advice from a trained professional. We’re here to help!
Store your hand sanitiser in a cool place and keep away from children and naked flames.
e-Surgery uses Royal Mail delivery with choices starting from Royal mail 48 tracked delivery, Royal Mail tracked 24 from and Royal Mail 1pm special delivery (discover more about e-Surgery delivery). When you buy hand sanitiser will arrive in discreet, recyclable packaging at a delivery address of your choice. Find out to recycle packaging from e-Surgery.
Whenever you buy hand sanitiser online from e-surgery the containers are fully recyclable.
Cardboard packaging and paper patient information leaflets are recyclable. For any more information on disposal of alcohol hand sanitiser you can use our free Ask-a-Pharmacist service.