Alcohol Free Hand Sanitiser / Disinfectant Cleaner/ Antibacterial Hand Gel

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / Honayst

Hypochlorous acid is a natural antibacterial hand gel which could be used as a hand sanitiser without alcohol. Being alcohol free, soap free, non-scented, it is the perfect hand sanitiser for sensitive skin. It is a free chlorine molecule with the chemical structure HOCl. It is the dominate free chlorine species in chlorine solutions that have a slightly acidic to neutral pH (close to your skin). It is produced naturally by the white blood cells of all mammals, used by white blood cells to kill invading microbial pathogens, and is an oxidant 100 times more powerful than sodium hypochlorite (or chlorine bleach).

A summary of its advantages:

  • HOCl is a stable, non-toxic, and non-hazardous disinfectant. Unlike most chemical disinfectants, HOCl is non-irritant to eyes, skin, and the respiratory tract. Even if it were ingested by accident, it causes no harm. No rinse needed for food surface disinfection. It is the perfect restaurant sanitizer solution.
  • It is all natural and 100% safe as a hand sanitiser for kids. It is safe enough to be used on personal items such as toothbrushes, baby pacifiers, and toys for pets. 3) It is an instant hand sanitiser that is extremely effective against bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

How can it be used in schools?

HOCl can replace toxic concentrated chemical disinfectants for cleaning and disinfecting school rooms and common areas and can be placed throughout schools in dispensers for hand sanitation. In addition, it can be used in the school kitchen as a no-rinse sanitiser for meat, poultry, seafood, and to clean and disinfect all contact surfaces and kitcheware. HOCl can also be applied via foggers to broadly disinfect rooms and the air.

How can it be used in healthcare?

Since HOCl is produced by our white blood cells to protect against invading microbial pathogens, and HOCl is non-irritant and gentle on skin, it makes sense to use it to care for wounds. In addition to hand sanitising, It can be a better substitute for all general sanitising chemicals to clean healthcare facilities. Replacing toxic chemicals provides a safer environment for children and the elderly.

How can it be used in food safety?

Most of the research that has been done in terms of the practical applications of HOCl has been in the field of food safety. HOCl is a food grade sanitiser that can be used for dishes, kitchen, food surfaces. There is unlikely a food sanitizer more researched and more understood than HOCl. The research clearly indicates that HOCl is a safe food disinfectant and efficient for controlling microbial counts below infectious levels on both food and contact surfaces.


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