Here’s What You Should Know Before Buying a Sanitizer

September 4, 2020

You’re looking to source a topnotch hand sanitizer or surface disinfectant for your guesthouse group, retail franchise or multi-city corporation. Did you know that not all anti-viral products of this sort do the job as required?

The active ingredients within most industry-known hand sanitisers and surface disinfectants, from ethyl alcohol (ethanol), to isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol) and quats (quaternary ammonium compounds), are each able to showcase specific pluses and minuses.

First up, there’s alcohol, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organisation endorse at a 70 percent concentration in such products. Sure, these act effectively against the pathogens (bacteria and viruses), but their denaturation process is also pretty harsh on our skin. Additionally, the product itself – or surface on which it has been sprayed – is more than just a little flammable; and if stored in schools for use in the gym, on mats, desks, door handles and more, have principals and parents alike up at night worrying about alcohol poisoning should accidental ingestion occur. Alcohol is also predisposed to causing damage to a range of furnishings and surfaces, which may result in unnecessary replacement expenses for businesses, stores and places of learning.

On the other hand, a plethora of highly noteworthy global authorities have approved and are endorsing a significantly more extensive batch of chemicals to assist in the fight against COVID-19. These authorities include the European Chemicals Agency, the European Union and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

While the medical niche may be required to stick to the WHO’s stringent protocols, thereby going the alcohol-based sanitiser route, a full list of other options can be viewed here: The chemicals listed have the following active ingredients: 5-chloro-2-(4-chlorophenyl)phenol, active chlorine released from calcium, hydrogen peroxide and polyhexamethylene biguanide, among others. And, in comparison to their alcohol-based counterparts, these equally effective products can more easily be enhanced with skin conditioners, are non-flammable, less damaging to the surfaces on which they are applied, and even keep offering protection after that surface has dried.

Sure, those products with chlorinated aromatic structures can exacerbate asthma, discolour the skin and barely degrade, but what about some of the others that contain polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB)? Such a product is Sani-Med, a medical-grade and alcohol-free hand sanitiser and surface disinfectant, which is both SABS approved as a general anti-viral and EU-certified against COVID-19.

Since entering the market in the Western Cape, is has secured contracts for supply with clients of the calibre of the Western Cape Blood Service, Sea Rescue SA, WP Rugby, Newmark Hotels, Sasol and Dawn Wing, none of which have made their decision about the purchase of hand sanitizer or surface disinfectant with any degree of frivolity

Produced in the UK and bottled in Cape Town, South Africa under license, Sani-Med offers many of the preferential qualities of alcohol-free sanitisers and has been trusted worldwide, for over 15 years, in the food, medical, automotive and aviation industries. It’s active ingredient, polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB), is non-toxic, gentle on skin and popular as a laundry additive – generally at a 0.2 to 1.0 percent concentration.

See attached the “Compare your Sanitisers” table to assist you in this strategic and safety-related decision. Sani-Med kills all known viruses, bacteria, moulds and spores; offers a 20 times faster kill rate than other sanitisers, and offers a long-lasting residual effect without tacky residues. Customers to date have commented that it does not corrode metals (when employed as a general wipedown); retains the quality of leather and vinyl furnishings; and has proved ideal as an aerial fogger due to its virtually odourless and environmentally-friendly nature. For more info, go to

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    Miss Venus
    October 30, 2020 at 2:29 am

    I love your writing style. Good work!

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