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Why Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizers Might Be Right for You: Unraveling the Science and Benefits

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Is there a more effective alternative to the traditional alcohol-based hand sanitizer?

This question has piqued the curiosity of many in recent years, stirring interest in the exploration of alcohol-free hand sanitizers.

As we collectively focus on hygiene and cleanliness, it's time to delve into this innovative field and discover why an alcohol-free approach may be the perfect fit for your needs.

Understanding Hand Sanitizers: The Role of Alcohol

Traditional hand sanitizers have relied on alcohol, usually ethanol or isopropanol, as their primary active ingredient for years. Alcohol acts as a potent germicide, effective in eliminating many pathogenic organisms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sanitizers with an alcohol content of 60% or more can help control the spread of germs when soap and water are not available.

However, while alcohol-based sanitizers have proven their efficiency, they come with some drawbacks. Regular and repeated use of these sanitizers can lead to skin dryness and irritation. This can be particularly challenging for individuals with sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema.

Alcohol-free Hand Sanitizers: A Closer Look

In response to these challenges, scientists have developed alcohol-free hand sanitizers. These sanitizers commonly use benzalkonium chloride (BZK) as an active ingredient. BZK is a type of ammonium compound that has long been used in the healthcare industry as an antimicrobial agent.

Several studies have highlighted the efficiency of BZK-based sanitizers. For instance, a 2019 study in the American Journal of Infection Control revealed that BZK-based sanitizers can provide effective and prolonged antimicrobial activity, sometimes even outperforming their alcohol-based counterparts.

The Benefits of Going Alcohol-Free

Skin-Friendly Formulation

Alcohol-free sanitizers, like BZK-based ones, tend to be gentler on the skin. Unlike alcohol, which can strip the skin of its natural oils leading to dryness and irritation, BZK maintains the skin's natural balance.

Additionally, many alcohol-free sanitizers incorporate soothing ingredients like aloe vera and glycerin, contributing to a more nourishing and moisturizing experience.

Long-Lasting Protection

The alcohol in traditional sanitizers evaporates rapidly after application, thus limiting its protection period. On the other hand, BZK-based sanitizers create a protective barrier on the skin, providing longer-lasting antimicrobial action. This means that you get extended protection against harmful germs with each application.


One often-overlooked advantage of alcohol-free hand sanitizers is that they are non-flammable. In contrast, alcohol-based sanitizers, due to their high alcohol content, are classified as flammable liquids, posing a safety risk if not stored and handled properly.

Making the Right Choice: Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizers

In this era of increased focus on hygiene, it's important to select a hand sanitizer that not only efficiently eliminates germs but also aligns with your lifestyle and skin's needs.

Everest's 24 Hour Defense™ Foaming Hand Purifier, an alcohol-free sanitizer, does just that. It leverages the power of BZK, combined with the lasting protection of an antimicrobial protectant, and the soothing effects of glycerin and aloe vera. This unique blend offers all-day protection, keeping your hands clean, soft, and moisturized after just one use.

The next time you need to clean your hands on the go, consider an alcohol-free hand sanitizer. Your skin might thank you for the kinder, gentler approach and the long-lasting protection.

Remember, while sanitizers are an important part of our hygiene routines, they are not a replacement for traditional hand washing with soap and water. They are an excellent choice when you're on the move and soap and water are not readily available.

Consider making Everest's 24 Hour Defense™ Foaming Hand Purifier part of your daily hygiene routine. This alcohol-free sanitizer offers all-day protection and gives your hands a soft, moisturized feeling that you'll appreciate. Why not give it a try?

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