Entering a new year amid a global pandemic isn’t exactly what any of us had planned. While we continue to navigate the new normal, it’s vitally important to find new ways to keep ourselves and others as safe as possible while we work and engage socially.
According to the CDC, the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads mostly through respiratory droplets that transfer from person to person.
If a person who is infected sneezes, for example, it’s possible that the droplets expelled from their sneeze could be inhaled by another person, transferred to a surface, or passed to someone via hand to hand contact.
Knowing that the virus spreads via particle transmission led the CDC and WHO to issue warnings that COVID-19 could potentially be spread via airborne transmission. The smaller the size of the respiratory droplet, the longer it will live in the air before falling to a surface, allowing for it to possibly spread through the air.
If COVID-19 is potentially airborne, it would make sense to want to use air sanitizing sprays to clean the air and rid it of these potentially infectious droplets, but do they actually work? Isn’t it more effective to clean surfaces, or clean your hands with a sanitizing gel?
What makes an air sanitizing spray different from a sanitizing gel?
In this article, we’ll look at the differences between air sanitizer sprays and sanitizing gels, determine which is more effective, and what other options you have for staying safe.
What is Air Sanitizer Spray?
Air sanitizer sprays are aerosol sprays that can be expelled into the air or onto a surface for the purpose of killing germs. They’re also popular for killing odor-causing bacteria that lingers in the air, and as such can sometimes be heavily scented.
Funny thing though, “air sanitizer” spray doesn’t actually exist, at least not in an aerosol can you can buy on the cleaning aisle of your local store. Air sanitizer sprays are really intended to kill germs on surfaces, not in the air.
Air sanitizer sprays aren’t able to stay in the air long enough to kill airborne germs, because once a sanitizer spray is expelled, it only remains in the air for a few moments before falling to a surface.
Unless you plan to spray the air directly in front of a person who’s just sneezed (and who doesn’t love being sprayed like a bug, after all), it’s best to use these products to sanitizer surfaces.
What is Sanitizing Gel?
Sanitizing gel is a product designed to keep your hands clean in between hand washes. Although it’s been around for decades, it reached a new level of popularity with the outbreak of COVID-19.
Because the virus spreads through respiratory droplets that could transfer from hand to hand, the CDC and WHO have said that proper hand hygiene is essential in slowing the spread. In order for a hand sanitizer gel to be effective, it must contain 60% ethyl or isopropyl alcohol.
Sanitizing gel is great for keeping your hands clean and germ-free when you simply can’t get to a sink to wash your hands, however, you won’t be able to use a hand sanitizer gel on surfaces (like your smartphone). The gel could penetrate parts of your devices and damage them.
While sanitizing gel is a great option for keeping your hands clean, a highly perfumed hand sanitizer gel is not likely to be your go-to for keeping surfaces sanitized when you’re on the go.
So, which is better for overall sanitizing needs: an air sanitizer spray or sanitizing gel? Let’s find out.
Which is Better? A Spray or a Gel?
Determining which is better really depends on your needs; do you want to sanitize simply your hands or are you looking for a product that can cover more surfaces?
Here’s how the two products stack up against each other in terms of ability to kill germs, safety for surfaces, air sanitization, and ease of use:
- Ability to kill germs. Both air sanitizing spray and sanitizing gel that contain at least 70% isopropyl or ethyl alcohol are effective in killing germs on surfaces and on your hands. (For hands only, the requirement is just 60%).
Safety for surfaces. Surface safety is largely determined by the consistency of the sanitizing agent you are using. An aerosol spray may work well to sanitize electronic devices, but a sanitizing gel could be harmful to them.
A sanitizing gel is great for keeping hands sanitized, but a spray sanitizer may be less messy and faster drying. It’s important to read the manufacturer's uses and warnings on both your sanitizer and the surface you want to clean to make sure it’s safe to proceed.
Ability to sanitize the air. As previously mentioned, most aerosol air sanitizer sprays designed for home use aren’t actually intended for sanitizing the air. While they will eliminate some airborne bacteria (mostly the kind that create odors), they’re best used on surfaces.
Gel sanitizers don’t have any effect on air quality by nature of their consistency and method of expulsion.
Ease of use. Both air sanitizer sprays and gel sanitizers are fairly easy to use, but depending on the size of the surface you want to clean, an air sanitizer spray may be a better option.
Additionally, if you have kids that aren’t necessarily great at portion control, a hand sanitizer gel could prove to be a bad decision.
If you’re looking for something to sanitize both hands and surfaces on the go, a great option is to use a hybrid hand sanitizing spray. A hand sanitizing spray combines the convenience of a sanitizing gel, with the wider range of usability of an air sanitizer spray.
- Hand sanitizing sprays that contain at least 70% isopropyl or ethyl alcohol can be used on both hands and surfaces (like smartphones and tablets) because they’re quick drying and expelled in a fine mist.
- Hand sanitizing sprays are convenient, usually available in small bottles that are perfect for stashing in backpacks, purses, cars, and gym bags.
- Hand sanitizing sprays are easy for kids to use (with adult supervision) and can reduce goopy, sticky messes.
For sanitizing on the go, a hand sanitizing spray is a great option, but finding them amid pandemic-related consumer hoarding can be problematic. Thankfully, you’ve got options.
Where Can You Buy Hand Sanitizer Spray?
Tired of going from store to store in search of hand sanitizer and other personal protective supplies only to find empty shelves or skyrocketed prices? We understand. Hope Health Supply offers the items you need without price gouging.
Our mission is to help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe by providing the items you need, when you need them, at a fair and honorable price.
Our hand sanitizer spray is convenient, contains 75% ethyl alcohol, and is great for both hands and surfaces.With packs of 3, 6, 12, and 24 available for purchase, you can conveniently stash hand sanitizer spray wherever you need it.
We can all do our part to keep safe and protect each other during the pandemic, and referring a friend can keep them safe and save you both some cash.
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