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SANIFY Hand Sanitiser contains only pure ethanol alcohol, sterile water and a non-allergenic gelling agent.
Other sanitizers contain potentially harmful chemicals such as triethanolamine and butylphenyl methylpropional.
Unlike other products SANIFY Hand Sanitiser does not contain potentially irritating aromatics and colourants to mask harsh chemical smells.
Sanify leaves no ‘perfume’ smell on your hands after the pure alcohol has evaporated.
Sanitisers are now an integral part of our every-day life and should be applied several times a day as a necessary protection against bacteria and viruses.
You do not want to use products containing potentially toxic or irritating chemicals that will be absorbed through your skin to accumulate in your body.
We believe that anything that is hidden is hidden for a reason.
Medical authorities have stated that 60% alcohol is the minimum concentration that can provide protection, but that 70% to 80% alcohol content is more effective and desirable for hand sanitising.
The lower 60% concentration means you must use more material and rub it into your hands for a longer time to kill bacteria and damage viruses.
Many hand sanitisers with lower concentrations of alcohol simply avoid labelling their concentrations so you are not aware of what you are actually buying and using.
Even some major trusted brands use only 60% to 63% alcohol and do not show this on their bottles or advertising, hiding the truth from their buyers.
Hand sanitiser is a critical part of your defence against a deadly threat yet many people are using substantially less-effective products simply because they are made by a Brand that you trust.
How can you rely on a sanitiser to protect you and your family’s health and well-being if you can’t see the ingredient list or know the alcohol % ?
Virtually all ‘Made in Australia’ gel hand sanitisers are made using ‘denatured’ alcohol’.
‘Denatured’ alcohol is made by adding chemicals to the pure alcohol to make it unfit for human consumption.
The added chemicals make the alcohol smell bad or taste bad or become poisonous such as is found in methylated spirits.
For example, many Australian sanitisers contain Triethanolamine: a toxic material with an unpleasant ammonia smell.
Other chemicals such as perfumes or dyes then have to be added to mask these unpleasant effects.
Using these sanitisers multiple times a day means that you are absorbing these chemicals into your body over time with unknown cumulative effects which could be damaging over an extended period, especially for children.
We do not have the restrictions placed on Australian made sanitiser and are able to make Sanify Hand Sanitiser using pure, unadulterated ethanol without needing to add toxic or unpleasant chemicals to our product.
In Australia, high excise taxes are imposed on alcoholic drinks and very restrictive laws have been put into place to prevent pure ethanol alcohol being used to illegally make drinks thereby avoiding tax.
Australian manufacturers must use ‘denatured’ alcohol to work around these restrictions.
Fortunately, other countries do not impose such restrictions and we are able to make Sanify Hand Sanitiser using pure, unadulterated ethanol.
Sanify uses pure ethanol that is not de-natured with chemical additives: only water and a completely neutral and safe gelling agent is added to the pure ethanol to provide the safest and most powerful sanitising action.
There are no additives such as colouring or aromatics that could injure your body over time or potentially cause allergic reactions.
The gel combines with the water to provide a natural moisturising action after the alcohol has done its work and evaporated leaving a clean, soft and non-sticky finish while the 75% ethanol has a pleasant natural alcohol aroma that leaves no lingering smell after it has evaporated.
We can only vouch for our product.
Our production methods follow the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) procedure of batch testing each mix of material to confirm the alcohol concentration is 75 to 77%.
Our staff are physically present during every production run of SANIFY and monitor the entire manufacturing process to ensure the highest standards of production are maintained.
Further testing is carried out by an independent external laboratory both for concentrations of alcohol and for efficacy against bacteria.
We do this even though our manufacturing partner has an outstanding and modern facility with multiple certifications both local and international, an in-house laboratory with their own chemists and batch testing process, and manufactures their own well-known range of cosmetic and sanitising products.
Many Australian-made hand sanitisers do not supply any information about the ingredients in their product – you can search their site and find nothing!
They don’t even show an image of the reverse label of their bottle, as the reverse label has a list of the major chemicals found in their product.
They simply keep repeating that they are ‘Made in Australia’ and therefore you should simply trust them.
What are they hiding?
Is their product made using ‘denatured’ alcohol and if so, what chemicals have been added to make it ‘unfit for human consumption’?
Does their sanitiser contain triethanolamine (toxic with an unpleasant ammonia smell) or iso-propanol (also toxic) or propylene glycol (the 2018 Allergen of the Year) or who-knows-what chemical that you really should not be rubbing into your skin.
Alcohol-free hand sanitisers use ingredients such as quarternary ammonium compounds (usually benzalkonium chloride) instead of alcohol to kill bacteria.
These chemicals can reduce microbes but are known to be less effective than alcohol.
More importantly, active ingredients like benzalkonium chloride do not attack viruses but are active only against bacteria.
Alcohol at the correct concentrations not only kill microbes more effectively than non-alcohol formulations but has the additional benefit of being able to kill or damage many viruses.
Alcohol does this by damaging or destroying the envelope protein that surrounds some viruses, including coronaviruses, that the viruses need to survive and multiply.
As an emergency measure brought on by the scarcity of commercially available gel hand sanitiser the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) suddenly allowed Australia manufacturers to make hand sanitisers using pure alcohol if they strictly followed the WHO formulation.
The WHO formula for ethanol-based sanitiser is: Ethanol 80% v/v, Glycerol 1.45% v/v, Hydrogen Peroxide 0.125% vv, and water.
The Hydrogen Peroxide is added purely to kill contaminating spores that exist in impure water and dirty containers such as you would find in third-world countries.
The WHO formulation is also a liquid, as gelling chemicals are not only scarce and hard to source but make the formulation process much more technically complicated.
Being a liquid, the WHO formulation evaporates faster than a gel formulation. Since alcohol in sanitiser needs to ‘work’ for 20 to 30 seconds for proper protection, the WHO alcohol level is required to be a very high 80%. This compensates for the overly fast evaporation and shorter working time but results in a sanitiser that is harsh on your skin, especially when used multiple times during a day.
To offset this harshness 1.45% Glycerol (Glycerine) must be added, leaving your hands sticky after the alcohol has evaporated.
Although perfectly functional as an emergency liquid hand sanitiser and ‘stop-gap’ product, the WHO formula is inferior in daily use to a properly formulated commercially produced gel hand sanitiser such as Sanify.
Apart from unpleasant smells and stickiness, any chemical rubbed into your skin will be absorbed into your body.
Applying these chemicals several times a day over many days multiplies the risks of allergy reactions, dermatitis or worst.
Many sanitisers, both Australian made and imported, do not disclose the added chemicals on their websites or even on their ingredient list as required under ACCC labelling requirements.
Some of the more commonly found chemicals that play no part in protecting you are:
Triethanolamine is produced by reacting ethylene oxide (considered highly toxic) with ammonia (another known toxin).
It has an ammonia smell which not only makes the sanitiser unpleasant smelling when applied but leaves an unpleasant aroma on your hands.
Often ‘parfums’ are added in an attempt, often unsuccessfully, to mask the lingering smell.
There are also a number of short-term side effects associated with triethanolamine: Allergic reactions such as watery or itchy eyes, brittle or dry hair, and itchy skin.
In the long term, this chemical can cause damage to the skin that includes scaling, blisters, and a burning sensation when the products are applied.
Propylene Glycol (also known as 1,2-Propanediol)
Propylene glycol was granted the dubious honor of being named the American Contact Dermatitis Society’s Allergen of the Year for 2018.
Between 0.8 and 3.5% of people are estimated to have a skin allergy to propylene glycol resulting in contact dermatitis or even a systemic rash on other parts of the body.
One study of 38 sensitive people given propylene glycol by mouth found that 15 of them developed a rash within 3 to 16 hours.
Isopropyl Alcohol (also known as Isopropanol or IPA)
Isopropyl alcohol is readily absorbed through the skin, and although poisonous ingested in larger amounts, small amounts of IPA on the skin is generally not considered to be dangerous.
However, repeated skin exposure can cause itching, redness, rash, drying, and cracking and prolonged skin contact can cause corrosion.
It is often used to ‘denature’ ethyl alcohol by adding a bitter taste.
‘Parfum’ is a generic term on the ingredient list that is made up of 30 to 50 chemicals on average (but it can have as much as 200 components!) that is often put into hand sanitiser to try to mask unpleasant chemical smells.
It’s the number one cause of contact allergy in cosmetics and can leave you with skin irritation, eczema, and allergic reactions.
At best, it leaves your hands perfumed, which is not a good outcome for many users.
Denatonium benzoate is the most-bitter tasting chemical compound known to man and is commonly used to ‘denature’ alcohol.
It should not be ingested.
Triclosan is a toxic chemical banned in the USA for use in soaps in 2017 and then banned for use in hand sanitisers in 2019.
It is also banned in Europe.
For whatever reason it has not been banned in Australia and can be found in Australian hand sanitisers.
Amino Methyl Propanol
Amino methyl propanol is another commonly found chemical in hand sanitiser that is used to ‘denature’ ethyl alcohol by adding a bitter taste.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) identifies that this substance “causes serious eye irritation, is harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects and causes skin irritation.”
Apart from the direct side effects, aminomethyl propanol could also form nitrosamines (one of the most well-known carcinogens) if there are any nitrate impurities in the product formulation.