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HOCl-Based Hand Sanitizers (Part 2)

HOCl-Based Hand Sanitizers (Part 2)

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  • An HOCl-based Hand Sanitizer with a neutral pH can very quickly and safely kill common germs found on the hands.

Sanitizing Your Hands

In Part 1 of HOCl-Based Hand Sanitizers, an in-vitro study was cited which showed how quickly and effectively HOCl can kill common germs found on the skin. Click here to review. Part 2 will provide even greater detail regarding why HOCl-Based Hand Sanitizers are so effective.

The following germ types are what someone may wish to sanitize from his or her hands: Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus hirae, and Candida albicans.1 A 2019 study researched the effectiveness of electrolyzed water (EW) for killing the germs commonly found on the hands.2 A previous article on electrolyzed water explains the relationship of HOCl to EW. Click here to review. In this particular study, researchers created a variety of EWs at different pH levels and chlorine concentrations.3 They discovered that all EWs that had a pH below 7 were effective in killing the germs commonly found on the hands.4 Furthermore, they found that EW with a neutral pH was extremely effective at killing Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcus hirae, and Candida albicans.5 It killed 100% of these three germ types within one minute.6


The researchers conducting the 2019 study also performed various tests to determine the safety of EW and HOCl.7 They learned that all EWs which were quite effective at killing the targeted germs did so without causing skin irritation, mucous membrane irritation, and eye irritation.8 What they concluded was EWs can kill germs, while at the same time, they were extremely safe to use.9 


The more one researches, the more one must conclude that an HOCl-based Hand Sanitizer with a neutral pH can kill common germs found on the hands very quickly and safely.

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