Frequently Asked Questions
Are you FDA registered?
The FDA has suspended several of their normal guidelines for the manufacturing of sanitizers, however we strive to maintain those guidelines despite the lapse in oversight. All of our hand sanitizer gels and sprays are manufactured in FDA registered facilities under either GMP, ISO, or OTC guidelines. Our products are manufactured according to established FDA monographs, and our products are reviewed by the FDA and cataloged in the National Drug Code archive.
What is an NDC code and do you have them for your products?
NDC stands for “National Drug Code” and these codes are regulated by the FDA. NDC codes are required for each product made and are applied during the production process to reflect several specifics. The NDC code for the product will change given the potential changes in bottle size, formulation, or the ingredients being used in the product. These codes are also changed to differentiate between manufacturing facilities.
Why do almost all sanitizers have a 70% ratio of alcohol?
Research studies have concluded that the effective range of isopropyl or ethanol alcohols in a sanitizer formula is between 60%-90%. Higher concentrations of alcohol, such as 91%, will evaporate on contact before they are able to destroy bacteria and other microbes. The CDC recommends a 70% concentration to effectively collapse the proteins that make up the cell of the microbe. This specific mixture of water and alcohol allows for the alcohol to evaporate at a slower rate in order for it to successfully penetrate the cell wall and kill the pathogen.
How much alcohol is in your sanitizer?
We standardize our hand sanitizers and sanitizer sprays to be 70% alcohol in order to fall into the range of acceptable content. The CDC and WHO recommend using sanitizers that are between 60 and 90 percent alcohol. We can customize your sanitizer to be within this acceptable range just keep in mind that this may incur a longer lead time.
What is the difference between the hand sanitizer gel and the sanitizer spray?
The hand sanitizer gel is formulated specifically for the hands and contains skin softeners that prevent over drying from repeated use. These gels are not recommended for surfaces. The sanitizer spray is a dual function formulation that can either be applied to larger surfaces of the body or to the surfaces that surround us such as countertops, car interiors and doorknobs.
Can I make my own sanitizer?
The CDC suggests that you do not make your own sanitizer. This is because of the results conducted from clinical trials showing that various bacteria and pathogens need a very specific amount of alcohol in the formulation to effectively neutralize the microbe. This small range of efcacy that must be observed when looking at the ratio of alcohol concentration, is not as easy as it seems to create. A sanitizer that actually kills the germs on the surfaces of our bodies and the structures around us, needs to have a 60-90 percent ratio of alcohol. Too much alcohol will evaporate on contact, before it has a chance to destroy the pathogens.
Where should hand sanitizers be stored?
It is very important that you store hand sanitizers away from potential re hazards such as ovens, furnaces or replaces due to the fact that hand sanitizers contain high levels of alcohol and are extremely flammable. It is also recommended that you keep them away from higher temperatures and store them in a cool, dark location in order to preserve the formula specific amount of alcohol that your hand sanitizer is made with. When hand sanitizers are stored improperly, it can lead to alcohol evaporation which will affect the 60-90 percent ratio set forth by the CDC.
Does hand or surface sanitizer expire?
The short answer is no. However, alcohols like ethanol and isopropyl can evaporate over time, which alters their unique formula and may result in less efficacy. When stored properly, sanitizers do not necessarily expire, but the jury is still out on the length of time sanitizers actually remain effective. It is best to observe the expiration date that is stamped on the packaging to ensure that the products are being used appropriately.