The Hunt for Hand Sanitizer During the Coronavirus Pandemic: 5 Things You Need to Know
It feels like we are all hunting for hand sanitizer to keep us safe from the Coronavirus. Here are some quick tips to help with the hunt:
1. Does hand sanitizer kill the Coronavirus?
According to the National Academy of Science Engineering and Medicine - Yes, only if it is at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. Carefully read the label before making the purchase.
2. What if I leave hand sanitizer in a hot car?
Because it is mostly alcohol, hand sanitizer is flammable. However, there is no evidence linking hand sanitizer to car fires. Hand sanitizer is mostly alcohol and alcohol evaporates in heat, so it's better to store in a place that is not in direct contact with sunlight. The cooler the better! Remember: a lower alcohol concentration makes it less effective in fighting coronavirus, so make sure to find hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.
3. How do I know if a seller has hand sanitizer in stock?
Call or email first to make sure the seller has hand sanitizer in stock. This item is so flying off shelves so fast that inventory changes constantly. Save yourself the trip and potential exposure by contacting the seller before planning that curbside pick up.
4. How do I find hand sanitizer near me?
You can search online by zip code or location using the various shopping tools. We suggest you call or if you must, visit the shop taking all precautions. Be sure to ask the shop employees about delivery dates and times and other details to ensure you secure a steady and regular supply. We’ve found that stores are more likely to have inventory first thing in the morning. Get there early!
5. How can I prevent hand sanitizer from drying out my hands?
Look for hand sanitizer that's formulated with essential oils and glycerin. Not only will your hands smell and feel better, it will help prevent the alcohol from drying out your skin. Essential oils will make hand sanitizer smell better and they help cleanse and purify.