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Why Is Ethanol The Ideal Ingredient For Hand Sanitizers

Ethanol alcohol has been getting a lot of attention lately and for good reason. Ethanol is classified is an antiseptic in the form of a Rubbing alcohol and is a natural bactericidal treatment. This means it kills bacteria, but doesn’t necessarily prevent their growth. Rubbing alcohol can also kill fungus and viruses. However, it’s important a person uses a rubbing alcohol concentration of no less than a 50 percent solution. Otherwise, the solution may not effectively kill bacteria.

An effective hand sanitizer will have higher than 50% ethanol concentration with those being the most effective having a 60%+ concentration. 

Ethanol alcohol (also called Ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol) is made from the fermentation of grain, fruit or other ingredients that can ferment properly. When Ethanol alcohol is transformed into rubbing alcohol it has much higher percentages than the alcohol we would consume in beer, wine or hard spirits.

Ethanol as an antiseptic has used as early as 1363 in medical application and has been a go to to keeping the world sanitized for a long long time. 

Ethanol blends well with other ingredients and gives hand sanitizer manufactures the ability to make different types of sprays, foams or gels for their sanitizers. Ethanol can also be found in wipes and in industrial applications to antibacterial.

The key with any hand sanitizer is to ensure it has at least 50% ethanol concentration with those of 60%+ or greater being most effective at fighting common germs.