1. Hand History
The concept of hand-sanitising goes all the way back to the early 19th Century, when the first antiseptic agent began to emerge. In fact, in 1822, it was the work of a French pharmacist that demonstrated how solutions containing the chlorides of lime and soda could in fact eradicate the odours associated with human corpses. From this research, solutions containing these agents started to be used as disinfectants and antiseptics. Amazing to think that’s how that little bottle of hand sanitiser gel that you use everyday was discovered, right? This research eventually concluded that with good hand-hygiene practices could prevent the spread of disease and infections, and it’s why these measures have become so fundamental in all types of healthcare environments today.
- Firstly, wet hands with water
- Apply the recommended amount of soap to hands
- Rub hands together vigorously for at least 15 seconds, covering all surfaces of the hands and fingers
- Rinse hands thoroughly to remove all soap residue
- Dry hands with disposable single use towels, making sure all skin and spaces between fingers are thoroughly dried without excessive friction
However, this can be avoided by using products with a low irritancy potential, and by making sure your hands are regularly moisturised, ideally with a product containing therapeutic glycerine to fully protect your hands from harsh chemicals.