A recent study at Brigham Young University has found that alcohol free hand sanitisers which use benzalkonium chloride and several other quaternary ammonium compounds regularly found in hand sanitisers are just as effective at sanitising hands as alcohol-based products.
The scientists at the Washington based university suspected that the CDC’s (Centre for Disease Control) preference for alcohol sanitisers was based on a lack of research in modern disinfection advances.
The study found that in most cases ammonium quaternary compound based hand sanitisers killed 99.9% of the virus within 15 seconds of application indicating that alcohol-free hand sanitisers work as well as alcohol-based competitors.
Benjamin Ogilvie, the lead study author highlighted that alcohol-free hand sanitisers have a number of advantages compared to alcohol-based sanitisers.
These include reduced skin irritation partly due to only a small concentration of benzalkonium chloride needed for the sanitiser compared to over 60% concentration of alcohol in alcohol-based sanitisers. This is particularly important at the moment as individuals are sanitising highly frequently meaning dry and irritated hands can be very common, particularly for those working in the healthcare space.
Actisan Alcohol-free is a benzalkonium chloride based hand sanitiser and has been proven to kill 99.9% of germs. It is available in a 100ml spray bottle, a 150ml foam dispenser and a 5L bottle. The product sheet is available here.
Actisan Alcohol-free Foam is available here.