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      09.12.2014 23:56
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      Too tough for my skin

      Hand wash liquid is probably one of the products that we purchase often. Mainly because my husband is a smoker, and he needs to get his hands washed after smoking to get rid of the smell and the residue in his hands. That's why we were not picky about hand wash products, we usually just chose one that's in offer. So, we ended up trying many different products. One of the products that we have tried many months ago is this: Carex anti bacterial hand wash liquid.

      Our first impression is that this is a great hand soap. And, honestly we kind of expecting it too, as this hand wash liquid was produced by Cussons, a quite well known consumer products manufacturer. It smells okay, and it definitely got rid of the nicotine smell from my husband's hands. I am not sure how effective it is to kill bacteria, as I don't have the equipments to test it.

      However, probably because of the antibacterial agent in the ingredients, it makes my hands really dry. The chemical content was apparently very tough on skin. Yes, my skin was dry before, but this made it so much worse that hand cream could not fight the dryness of my palm. I cannot say I am happy with that result, although my husband did not have any complaints.

      In the end, we agreed, or I decided that we are not going to repurchase this product again. Not because it did not work as a hand soap, but because my skin did not like it. I am sure there are a lot of people like my husband who does not mind having a gritty hand, and having a bacterial free hand in return.

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      11.11.2014 13:54
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      Good product just a bit dull

      The Carex range of Hand Washes are very varied, you can get all fun scents like the Chocolate Orange to caring and moisturising ones and one we have tried if the Carex Complete, Bacteria Protect Silver. The hand washes are priced at around £1.00 and you get a nice size bottle. These are near enough always on offer in supermarkets so make a good buy and the bottle lasts a good while as one depress of the top gives enough hand wash to easily be enough to wash hands effectively.

      The bottle is a pump action bottle, clear in colour and the hand wash is a light creamy colour. The Complete Bacteria Effect is designed to provide a combination of results, including effectively cleansing and removing dirt and germs, moisturising skin, and silver to give enhanced protection to skin.

      When using the hand wash, you have a light fresh smell, and the wash works into an ok lather, not creamy but enough to wash hands well. Your hands feel very clean after use and germ free. The smell stays on your skin for a little while later but this is a very light scent and not heavy or strong at all. The Complete Bacterial Protect Silver wash can be a little drying on skin for the like of me who have chapped skin but it isn’t too bad, and not bad enough that I wouldn’t use again. The one downside to the hand wash is that it is a little boring. The scent isn’t exciting, it does the simple job its meant to but I just love the Chocolate Orange and Strawberry Laces ones so much more!

      Another good product from Carex that I would buy again, but I do prefer the more moisturising or fun products Carex make if they are available.

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      03.06.2013 22:43
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      A decent handwash with antibacterial qualities

      Carex Antibacterial handwash with silver

      I buy this particular handwash regularly , not because I am really posh and so like the idea of silver in my hand wash but because I am fastidious about there being no germs in my kitchen when preparing food.

      I always look for anti bacterial handwashes for using in my kitchen so that it is easy to wash our hands at any time before and while preparing food. Carex are one of the original antibacterial handwashes that I found and while I buy others from time to time if Carex are on special offer then I am more than happy to buy them.

      Carex claim that this handwash has been : "Expertly developed to kill 99.9% of bacteria." They also claim that although many other antibacterial handwashes can take up to five minutes to become effective .." Carex kills bacteria in just seconds, thanks to our faster acting formulation."

      I had no idea that silver had antimicrobial properties until we saw some underpants in one of those posh outdoorsy sort of shops and they claimed they would remain smell free without washing for long periods of time because of the silver in them. The next thing I saw was this Carex handwash with silver in it.

      I have since done a fair bit of research and discovered that this was something that has been know for centuries. According to one website " Hippocrates, known as the 'father of western medicine' recognised the potential benefits over a thousand years ago."

      Silver is used in treating burns in gels and also being woven into bandages and dressings. I discovered that silver used to be very widely used for its antmicrobial properties long before all the chemical things discovered.

      Apparently the early pioneers in the American West put silver or copper coins in their containers of drinking water and that made the water stay safe from bacteria and from forming algae for much longer. The Aussie pioneers in the outback also put silver items in their water tanks to stop the water forming algae etc. Also Silver was used in WWI to prevent infection and help keep wounds clean.

      On one website which discussed the anti microbial effects of silver they said "Silver Ions and silver compounds show a toxic effect on some bacteria, viruses, algae and fungi typical for heavy metals like lead or mercury, but without the high toxicity to humans that is normally associated with them. Its germicidal effects kills many microbial organisms in vitro (i.e. in a test tube or a petri dish). "


      So it appears silver has magic properties when it come to germs and Carex had used this and added silver , I suspect in very small quantities as this was not a very expensive product to buy.


      I find this smells pleasant and clean. It washed dirt and I have to believe what Carex say with regard to killing 99% of germs and it leaves my hands feeling clean and yet not parched and dry. I use this stuff at least half a dozen times a day when cooking and cleaning so I am happy that it doesn't dry out my hands.

      The bottle is recyclable where ever you recycle your plastics and the plunger dispenser was pretty easy to twist to open and dispenses enough to wash hands thoroughly with one push. I haven't counting the number of pushes we get from one bottle but with three and sometimes more of us using it this lasts about a month.

      I have been happy using this but don't find it any better or any worse than any other antibacterial handwashes. I but whatever happens to be the best buy at the time as I am not brand loyal in any products like this.

      Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.

      ©Catsholiday

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      05.01.2013 20:39
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      I prefer this soap for a good disinfecting of my hands!

      I have to wash my hands very often, in general I was them about 15 times a day so have lots of experience with all sorts of soaps. My most used brand is Carex.

      My favourite thing about this particular hand wash in the Carex range is that it is very easy to use and lathers up very well. On many of the Carex hand washes, the soap just slides off your hands. However this one is different, it is the most "cream-like" soap in the range from my experience and is the one least likely to slide off - wasting your money.

      I also love this particular hand wash for its anti-bacterial action - this is now a common feature in many soaps but the inclusion of Silver (which I know to have anti-bacterial properties) puts my mind at rest when using this hand wash in terms of hand hygiene. I do not know if the silver in this hand wash is actually beneficial or just a marketing trick, but either way I prefer it to be included.

      An issue with this Carex hand wash, as with the majority of their products, is that it dries out your hands (or at least my hands) incredibly - after around 5 washes, I MUST use a moisturiser to prevent my hands cracking.

      Carex hand washes tend to be on offer very frequently which takes it from a premium priced brand to an everyday priced brand. I have seen it as low as £1 for 300ml and sometimes it even comes with 200ml extra fro free - making it 500ml.

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        14.07.2012 15:11
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        A gorgeous hand wash from Carex

        We tend to go through a large amount of hand wash in our household although I haven't a clue why, particularly as there's only two of us and neither of us wash our hands any more than what I consider to be normal. Consequently, I tend to bulk buy hand washes when they're on offer at the supermarket where I will generally head for a mid-range brand costing up to a pound. A few months ago I made a purchase of several bottles of Carex, which is manufactured by Cussons with this review discussing their Bacteria Protect with Silver.

        We are presented with 250 ml of hand wash in a transparent plastic bottle that enables me to witness the contents, which initially appear to be pale blue due to the colour of the packaging. Whilst I have previously purchased hand washes intended for fighting bacteria, the silver ingredient was a new concept for me and in all honestly, I initially believed it to be a sales gimmick. To satisfy my curiosity I took a quick look on the Carex website and learned that silver is known for its antimicrobial properties and was first used thousands of years ago. Consequently, the bacterial protection products branded by other companies and those sold by Carex will take up to five minutes to kill 99% of germs whereas this hand wash will eradicate them in seconds. Whilst this sounds riveting stuff, I cannot admit to being that impressed, particularly as I'm alive and kicking despite using run of the mill hand washes for so many years. Anyway, let's get back to using the product, which claims to support the skin's natural antibacterial defences.

        I find that Carex is one of the few brands that offer a decent size dispensing unit and after the initial pump a sufficient amount of good consistency creamy white hand wash is released and not the pale blue that I was initially expecting. I was pleasantly surprised by the aroma, as I had anticipated something clinical, particularly due to its contents. I would describe the unisex fragrance as unique as well as being considerably strong and I'm struggling a little to pick out any familiar aroma other than a refreshing fruitiness. In fact, it's one of those fragrances that I cannot stop sniffing, as it's absolutely gorgeous. The hand wash creates a good lather and effectively removes grease and grime and is easily rinsed away without leaving any sticky residue. For anyone thinking that the hand wash may contains particles of silver glitter, I would advise that this is not the case and its appearance is identical to any other brand that I've used.

        I'm always a little apprehensive with bacterial type hand washes, particularly as my hands are sensitive and prone to flare ups where the skin will become extremely dry with splitting and bleeding along my knuckles. Fortunately, I found the hand wash considerably gentle as it caused no bad reactions to my skin and left them feeling soft and smooth. However, I felt it necessary to apply hand cream following its use, but this is my personal choice, particularly due to my problematic hands whereas other consumers may find it fairly moisturising. It would be impossible for me to evidence the claims made by Carex that any bacteria is killed within seconds. The only grumble I have with this hand wash is that the dispenser will not allow the last centimetre or so to be removed and as a consequence I have to remove the dispensing unit and hold the bottle upside down over the palm of my hand and bang its underside. Consequently, huge blobs are dispensed, which are far more than I actually need.

        I purchased two bottles of this hand wash during my bulk buy and I would probably repurchase due to its gorgeous aroma, but I cannot admit to being attracted to the silver content. The product has been dermatologically tested and should be used within 18 months of opening with the bottle being recyclable once empty. This product generally retails at around £1.50 for the 250 ml bottle, but until 23 July 2012 you can purchase it from Tesco for just 75p, which is pretty good value for money.

        I can recommend Carex Bacteria Protect Hand Wash, but it loses one star from me due to the fact that I was unable to remove the last centimetre of hand wash with the dispenser, which resulted in me using the remaining centimetre or so rather excessively.

        I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.

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          26.05.2012 22:10
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          A nice hand wash, worth buying when on offer

          - Why I bought -
          I like to keep a bottle of hand wash in both our bathrooms and also in the kitchen so we get through quite a lot. I recently bought Carex Bacteria Protect hand wash when it was on offer in Tesco. I am not particularly fussy with hand wash and am happy to buy whatever brand is on offer.

          - The Packaging -
          The bottle is made from see through white plastic and has a pump top which works effectively to deliver a decent size squirt of the hand wash. The front shows the Carex brand as well as the name of this hand wash and there is a swirly blue and white image with blue bubbles. It states that this hand soap contains silver and kills 99.9% of bacteria which is reassuring. It doesn't mention a scent. The overall look is simple and quite unexciting; although I'm sure I would have to pay more for nicer packaging. I like that it looks very clean and hygienic.

          - The soap -
          The liquid soap has a pleasant pale blue colour and has a medium consistency. It feels soft on my hands and lathers up nicely. It has a nice fresh soapy smell but I can't really note any more specific scents. It washes off nicely and leaves a pleasant smell on my hands for a while afterwards which is nice. My hands feel clean and fresh after use. After using this hand wash regularly for a month my hands aren't dry and I haven't experienced any irritations so this suggests it is kind to my skin.

          - Price and Availability -
          This hand wash is available in most supermarkets with the usual price of £1.60 for 250ml. I bought this when it was on offer in Tesco for 80p which I think is a very good price for this hand wash. I like to pay £1 or under usually.

          - Would I recommend? -
          I would recommend this hand wash as it did everything you would expect a hand wash to do, had a pleasant smell and I like that it kills 99.9% of bacteria. The packaging is a little unexciting but that's not a huge negative with a hand wash. I would buy it again if it was on offer at £1 or under.

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          01.12.2011 17:18
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          A Good Antibacterial Product, but Not for Dry Skin

          I normally use a moisturising handwash but I recently had a cut on my hand that got infected and my doctor advised switching to an antibacterial handwash to help prevent spreading or re-infection. So whilst doing my grocery shopping I looked at what antibacterial options Morrisons had to offer and came away with this Carex Bacteria Protect Superior with Silver which was on offer at £1 for a 333ml bottle.

          It comes in a clear bottle with a press-top dispenser as you would expect from a handwash. I like the fact that the bottle is clear because it means you can always easily see when you're running out, and the press-top dispenser makes it easy and convenient to use.

          The handwash is a very pale blue colour and has a fairly thick consistency. It's smooth and doesn't feel as creamy as the handwashes I'm used to, but as I usually use moisturising types I wouldn't expect it to be. It does however feel much creamier than other antibacterial options I have tried in the past. Pressing the dispenser once gives me enough of the handwash to feel I've washed my hands thoroughly. It doesn't really lather well but it does feel like it's giving a good clean.

          I'm not keen on the smell of this product at all. I'm not really sure how to describe it other than to say it's a really odd scent but it remains on my hands for a while after using it and I find it really off-putting. My hands are left feeling clean and fresh after using it, but they also feel quite dry and uncomfortable, so I find myself using my usual moisturising handwash afterwards just to make them feel comfortable again.

          Whilst I've been using this I have found it has kept my infection from spreading and it hasn't become re-infected either, so it certainly does it's job on that front, but I don't like the scent or the way it makes my hands feel at all, so I wouldn't switch to using this permanently.

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            04.10.2011 15:50
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            5/5 a lovely hand wash.

            Although I enjoy a bargain I don't tend to like compromising on brand names when it comes to things like cleaning products and shampoos and shower gels as I often find the cheaper alternatives aren't that great. When it comes to washing my hands I like my tried and tested brands, especially Carex, and I've tried quite a few different hand washes from their range. The most recent one I've tried is their Bacteria Protect Superior Antibacterial Hand Wash with Silver which I bought from B&M for 99p for a 333ml bottle (33% extra free), although it's available at most supermarkets too for about £1.50- £2.

            The hand wash comes in a clear plastic bottle with light blue labelling, as with most products like this, it's always handy to see through the bottle at how much is left. There's all the necessary information on the bottle and a few bits and prices about the product. The bottle has a screw cap pump action lid which makes for easy application of the hand wash and allows you to only use a small amount which is all that is needed.

            In use even the smallest blob of hand wash lashes really well, initially it's quite thick and gloopy so doesn't run off your hands easily which means there's very little waste. The liquid is white with a hint of light blue running through it which gives a lovely pearlescent effect which matches nicely with the subtly fragranced hand wash; it's very fresh and smells clean. The hand wash promises to kill 99.9% of bacteria whilst also being gentle on your skin and also effectively combats odours, especially after cooking. I find my hands always smell fresh and well as feeling clean and very soft after using the hand wash. A bottle lasts a long time as not much is needed to work up a good lather which is always good for anybody watching the pennies.

            Carex Bacteria Protect is definitely recommended by me, it's good a lovely scent and leaves hands clean and soft. There's the added assurance of the quality checks to ensure that the hand wash kills bacteria. It's often available at places like B&M and Poundland but it can be expensive if it's bought from the supermarkets.

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            24.09.2011 14:35
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            A nice product for a pound

            By most of the sinks in our home is some form of hand washing facility. I like to use it in the kitchen before cooking or preparing foods and use it in the bathroom for general hand washing duties.

            I think it is important for a hand wash to have anti bacterial qualities, especially when using the bathroom. I saw this one on offer for a pound and thought I would give it a whirl.

            *Price and availability*

            I managed to snap up a 300ml bottle that had an extra 50ml for a pound at Wilkinson's. A regular 250ml bottle will usually cost between £1.40 and £1.60.

            *Description*

            The 250ml hand wash bottle that stands at around 10 cm tall. On the top of the bottle there is a white pump that when pushed down, dispenses a good squirt of the hand wash. Two pumps is usually enough liquid for a thorough hand wash.
            The liquid is white, which fits in well with my kitchen colour scheme.
            The liquid is quite thick and more gel like rather than watery. This is good as it means it doesn't slip off the hands as easily. When mixed with water it foams up nicely, giving a good lather and good hand washing experience.
            The liquid smells quite florally and fresh.

            *My experiences*

            I like this hand wash because of the antibacterial qualities and really do feel like my hands are clean after using it. I have used the soap to get paint off my hands and glue and the soap lifts dirt right off leaving hands feeling soft and cared for. No harsh scrubbing is needed but I do like to get a nail brush under my nails. The soap lathers up fantastically and not much is needed for a good clean.

            It smells really good and I love the scent of my hands after using it. I like this hand wash because it is really good at combating bad odours such as onion and garlic. It is perfect for use in the kitchen and my hands always feel fresh and smell great after using it. I hate the smell of food on my fingers from cooking.
            The product claims to contain extra anti bacterial action. Usually a product such as this will dry my hands out, however this one makes my hands feel really soft and looked after. It does not dry my skin out like other soaps, due to this I do not have to moisturise after use.
            A good double pump of hand wash produces a good hand wash, therefore the bottle does last a fair while. This is good because at full price the bottle can be quite expensive.

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            12.09.2011 22:45
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            Essential.

            In recent times I have really become a clean freak, dont get me wrong I have always been very clean in general but usually I would stroke and pet my parents dogs, pick up random things ( not like poop or anything! ) and then I seen a programme about how easy it is too catch an infection from simple things just like that, and how stroking your dog can result in blindness in your eyes, if you itch them lets just say if your hands are not clean. I know I sound so obsessive and weird but it just made me realise, and 2 seconds at the sink is not wasting my life really is it?

            The lovely hand wash comes in at a great price, around £2.00-3.00 for a good 500ml of product. I really think its great and there is no excuse not to purchase it when its so cheap.

            The handwash comes in a thick plastic square like curved bottle which is transparent. Over the front is the Carex logo and some more useful information on the product, on the back is also more information. The bottle has a nice pump dispenser which is easy too use and underneath is a little blue rim, you can also unscrew this, say if you would like to refill with something else afterwards.

            The claims, expertly developed to kill 99.9% of bacteria, Carex Bacteria Protect gives you superior yet gentle protection for your hands. Some hand washes can take up to 5 minutes to kill bacteria, improved Carex now works 3x faster than our previous formulation to kill bacteria in just seconds, thanks to our improved faster acting formulation. ( Took from Carex website. )

            This would stand out to anyone really who is a hygienic person and is understandable why Carex is such a popular product.

            The pump is easy to use, although the first time you will have to unscrew, and then you will have to push it a good bit until it actually comes out. The product is quite thick and has a nice clean smell about it, its fresh and has a subtle hint of floral too it. I use 2 pumps of the product and massage it into my hands which doesn't take long and it produces a lovely thick lather which smells even better the more it is massaged in. The product washes from my hands easily and leaves them smelling fresh and clean and also removes every odour, whether its from the dogs after they have been outside, or after chopping garlic. My hands also feel soft and moisturised so no complaining there either.

            An essential for every household.

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              14.05.2011 17:11
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              a great hand wash

              As a family we tend to go through hand wash as if there is no tomorrow but at last I think we have got the best so far with this Carex Bacteria Protect Superior for a good price costing £2.49 for a large size (500 ml). I know there are cheaper brands on the market but having to wash my hands so often after doing dirty jobs around the house, clearing up after our 2 dogs and 1 cat and preparing food etc I need a hand wash which won't dry out my hands.

              This product comes as shown in the Dooyoo picture and is made from a good sturdy plastic with an easy to use pump action top which does not leak/drip or clog up. There is very little waste either as the inner tube reaches the bottom meaning you do not get loads left which is inaccessible when you get to the end.

              The liquid smells lovely - a little hard to put my finger on - but fresh, clean-smelling, lightly floral but definitely not feminine. It is quite a thick pale blue consistency which lathers up quite well yet rinses off with no effort and it leaves the hands looking and feeling clean but not at all dry. Surprisingly the whole family commented on how nice this hand wash is and I shall be buying it again no doubt.

              On the bottle there is plenty of information about the product including the following claims -
              - kills 99.9% of bacteria
              - 3 x faster germ kill
              - dermatologically tested
              - with added silver, used for its powerful antibacterial action

              The container can be recycled and there is a long list of ingredients (few of which I can understand) plus there is a helpline telephone number provided along with a postal address plus email (www.carex.co.uk) for advice about hand hygiene.

              For the efficacy of this handwash and for the price I would definitely recommend giving this one a try and, although I have purchased Carex products for several years now, this one, in the family's opinion, is far superior.
              I am awarding 5 stars for this and feel happy to recommend it to others.

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                07.04.2011 12:43
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                A great handwash.

                Carex is a reputable brand that is trusted and well known. I almost always use Carex as my handwash brand, as I think it's really good and it is really cheap.

                Carex is widely available, pretty much sold everywhere from Bodycare to Tesco. For 250ml, it's about £1.50 but they're normally on offer for £1 whenever I buy them. They were on offer before in Asda for 75p so I bought about five of them and haven't got through all of them yet!

                The soap comes in a square shaped plastic bottle with a pump dispenser on top. The bottle is clear so you can see the product inside which is good because it lets you know how much is left. The packaging is good, you can clearly see the Carex logo so you can spot it easily on a shelf, and the pump dispenser makes it really easy to get some soap out to wash your hands, especially when they're wet, you don't want to be messing around with a lid. This makes it really good for kids, as there's not really any choking hazards, and it's easy for them to use too.

                When I'm going to use this, I just run some warm water over my hands first, pump the soap out once or twice, rub my hands together, over the backs and between my fingers then rinse off the soap with warm water. The soap lathers up nicely allowing you to rub it around your hands feeling super clean! It's simple and really does leave your hands feeling softer and clean.

                I use this paticular one, because it claims to kill 99.99% of bacteria which I think makes it good to have, especially in the bathroom, to keep hands nice and clean and germ free. I like the idea of this to help prevent illness and disease in the house. We use it all the time, after my grandkids have been playing outside or with the dog, before lunch, after using the loo, it's in constant demand.

                Carex do a variety of handwashes, from the little anti-bacterial dry ones for your hand bag to a variety of 250ml bottles. I paticularly like the Aloe vera one which adds moisture to it too.

                Overall, this is a really good handwash from a good, well known brand. It makes your hands look and feel clean and soft and you have the added reassurance of it's bacteria killing abillities. I'd definitely recommend this to others, it's exactly what you want from a handwash, for just £1.00.

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                  We almost always buy Carex because it is a brand we trust and it can quite often be found at a good price. I like Carex because of its antibacterial qualities and we have tried a lot of the varieties now. One of the varieties we often buy is Bacteria Protect Superior Anti-Bacterial Handwash with Silver (very long name!). Initially we bought this because of its colour - the light blue colour matches our bathroom and also because I had sore hands at the time, I thought it looked like one which would moisturise more than some of the others in the range.

                  Carex handwashes can be found in the supermarkets and also in places such as Poundland, Boots and Superdrug. Last time we bought some I think we paid just 75p for 250ml. When not on offer they can cost anything up to £1.59, although I still think is an ok price for such a good product you may aswell try and find it on offer if you can because its almost always on offer somewhere! I quite often see them for £1 which is reasonable.

                  The soap comes in a small plastic bottle with a pump dispenser on top. The bottle is clear so you can see the product inside. I like this as it tells me how much is left and reminds me to buy some more. The bottle claims that this soap in particular has 3x faster germ kill and it will kill 99.9% of bacteria. With the addition of silver it will kill more germs and it also has the addition of mouisturisers which will leave your hands feeling soft.

                  To use the soap is really simple. The first time you use it you will need to open the pump which simply involves twisting the head of it round until it pops up. You then just press the pump to get the soap out. I have found the pump to work really well, everytime I press it it delivers a good amount of soap and none of the pumps on any bottles I have had have ever jammed or got clogged up.

                  I usually use two presses of soap because I like to make sure my hands are spotlessly clean! You simply massage the soap into your hands and it lathers up really well. The soap has a nice fresh scent and I have found it to remove all odours from my hands (even onion). After washing, my hands feel soft and clean.

                  I have very sensitive skin which dries out very easily and I am pleased to say this soap does not irritate my skin or dry it out. My hands feel quite soft when using this so I imagine it does moisturise more than some of the other alternatives do.

                  The soap lasts a long time. A bottle usually lasts 2 of us between 1 and 2 months.

                  I really like this soap and certainly recommend it. It is from a great brand and can often be found at a bargain price. It does its job well and the bottle lasts ages.

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