Protect Your Hand Sanitiser…So that it can Protect You
We’re more reliant than ever on hand sanitiser to keep us safe in these Covid-19 times, but failing to look after it when out and about can cause it failing to protect you from Coronavirus.
To be effective in killing viruses and bacteria on your hands, sanitizer must have at least a 60% alcohol content. But leaving it in a hot car can dangerously reduce its potency.
Karen Dobos, PhD, a professor in the department of microbiology, immunology and pathology at Colorado State University says: “the bigger risk of leaving a bottle of hand sanitiser in a hot car is that it loses potency…as it evaporates, the relative concentration of the alcohol goes down, as does its germ-killing ability.”
According to heatkills.org, a car parked in direct sunlight can get as hot as 113F (45 °C) inside when outside temperatures reach 70F (21°C).
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends storing hand sanitiser between 59 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Although hand sanitiser may still be effective at warmer or cooler temperatures, the FDA says that you should avoid “excessive heat above 104°F.”
Fortunately there is a handy solution to help you protect the potency of your hand sanitiser when you’re on the move; and that is to keep it safe and secure in a FRIO wallet.
FRIO wallets have been trusted by people with diabetes for decades to keep their insulin pens and vials cool, preventing the contents from degrading in the heat. Used the world over, FRIO wallets keep in-use insulin and 29 other temperature sensitive medicines cool and safe, within safe temperatures of 18-26°C (64.4-78.8°F) for a minimum of 45 hours, even in a constant environmental temperature of 37.8°C (100°F).
So, remember to protect your hand sanitiser at all times so that it protects you, by keeping it cool and protected in the safe environment of the FRIO wallet.