Anyone who has been paying attention over the last several months understands how important it is to keep our hands clean to help prevent infection. We all have seen the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, clean hands are an important part of our response to COVID-19. Everyone should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly prior to eating, after using the restroom, and any time after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. It’s key to pay attention to when you touch your face, because viruses and germs can infect you only if the active microbes get into our eyes, nose, and mouth.
Because soap and water are not always available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains between 60 and 95 percent percent ethanol. CleanGenic hand sanitizer contains 62 percent ethanol, and our foaming hand sanitizer formula effectively kills 99.9 percent of germs.
Studies have shown that hand sanitizer can effectively inactivate the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. According to a study reported here by the University of Minnesota, scientists from the World Health Organization tested two types of hand sanitizer. For full disclosure, CleanGenic foaming hand sanitizer was not tested in the study, but a hand sanitizer using the same active ingredient, ethanol (sometimes called ethyl alcohol), was reviewed. The study revealed, in part: “They found that all sanitizer formulations and dilutions of 40% or more killed the coronavirus and reduced the virus to background levels within 30 seconds.”
To use CleanGenic foaming hand sanitizer effectively, pump a generous portion onto the palm of one hand. Rub the hand sanitizer foam all over your hands, between your fingers, up your wrists, and pay close attention to getting it between the fingers and around the nail on each finger. After it’s covered, allow the hand sanitizer to dry completely, at least 30 seconds to optimize effectiveness.
That kitchen door can sometimes be the busiest entry in the home.
Use hand sanitizer when you think you may have touched a surface that someone else has touched or may otherwise host germs or microbes. This can be any time you have been out of your home, or in your home if you have not disinfected surfaces. Following a consistent cleaning regimen can help reduce the chances of infection and illness.
Disinfecting surfaces and otherwise keeping the inside of your house clean is a great way to reduce the chance of infection, but hand sanitizer can be an effective tool to keep viruses, germs, and microbes from ever entering your home.
The CleanGenic Line of Defense
In keeping with the CDC hand sanitizer recommendations, we suggest you create a defense system that will reduce the germs and microbes that enter your home on the hands of your family, and if you have a few trusted outsiders that you welcome to your home, members of that cohort as well.
CleanGenic foaming hand sanitizer is a quick-drying, effective way to get hands clean.
Since most homes do not enjoy the luxury of a porcelain sink located near every door, complete with warm water, soapdish, and towel rack (and wouldn’t it seem strange if they did? Well, maybe not so strange today!), you have to get creative. Every entry point to your home must be equipped with a hand sanitizer station as close as is convenient to the door. If you place a bottle of hand sanitizer in plain sight and instruct children and adults alike to use it every time they enter the house, the chance of undesirable germs, viruses, and microbes entering your home will be substantially reduced.
Obviously any entrance to the house should be included, and each door’s level of importance in the program should be considered regarding the number of family members that use it, the number of times it is used, and, probably most importantly, where the people are coming from.
Locations to consider include:
- The front door. Presumably any guests or visitors will approach from here, so best to be prepared with a hand sanitizer station nearby.
- The back door. Generally there’s lots of traffic to play areas and gardens, as well as outdoor dining areas when the weather is nice.
- The slider to the back porch, patio, or deck. These areas often feel like part of the inside of your home, especially in the summertime. Best to remember they’re an entry point as well. And since CleanGenic foaming hand sanitizer is FDA approved, an extra treatment now and then does more good than harm.
- The door to the garage or parking area. This is a key spot, since most home entries made by people coming from elsewhere will come through this entrance.
Set the Rules and Lead by Example
We all know that getting family members to follow rules is basically the number-one challenge of modern life. That’s why towels end up on the floor instead of the hamper, and the milk gets left out on the counter, and how is it even possible to lose the cap to the toothpaste?!? Anyway, this time, the rules aren’t just to keep someone from getting annoyed. People’s health and lives are at stake. Grandparents and immunity-compromised relatives may need to be protected, and sometimes, as much as we try to protect our family from frightening things, the truth in this case can be a strong motivator.
Caution: Young children should only use CleanGenic foaming hand sanitizer under close adult supervision to prevent misuse or unintentional ingestion, which may cause alcohol poisoning.
Everyone needs a little help remembering sometimes. Let them remind you every now and again.
Here are some ideas to help set your family’s line of defense:
- Desperate times call for desperate measures. If there’s not a table, counter, or sideboard located in close proximity, place an occasional table, a side chair, or even a folding TV tray by the door. Like we said: Desperate.
- One stylish friend of ours used a tall stack of coffee-table-style art books to get a high enough surface.
- The hand sanitizer station shouldn’t be in the way, but it should be not be hidden either, since it needs to serve as a gentle but unavoidable reminder by its presence every time someone passes by.
- CleanGenic foaming hand sanitizer is a real solution for everyone because it isn’t drippy and gooey like a gel sanitizer. Instead the foaming hand sanitizer pump issues a perfect portion of hand sanitizer every time.
- A bowl of individually wrapped treats placed strategically next to the hand sanitizer can serve as an effective reminder and a small reward for following the rules.
- Having enough hand sanitizer on hand means your family won’t worry about finishing the bottle. Our foaming hand sanitizer is available by subscription so you won’t run out.