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I bought this spray as a one off purchase from our corner shop. I am massively obsessed with carrying sanitizer around with me, had run out of my trusty bottle of Body Shop gel, and saw this for £1 on offer in 'One Stop' so in the basket it went!
At first I wondered if it would be any good as I am used to being able to put a fair dollop of gel in my palm and work it around my fingers (and am actually really clumsy with no sense of co-ordination or direction) so was a spray going to be a little bit of a messy disaster? Well, yes and no (the yes is no fault of the sanitizer but of my stupidity!)
I first used this at work on my dinner break. Even though I had washed my hands, I had my usual paranoia about having germies on my fingers before eating my sandwich, so out the spray came. This was actually the first time I had looked properly at the bottle and I was quite happy to find that I could use this on surfaces too! (Though that does seem obvious now, thinking about the fact it is in a spray bottle...) I quickly sprayed on the table and wiped with a piece of paper tissue as stated on the bottle, then got down to spraying my hands. The spray nozzle is actually really good! It dispensed a good amount of sanitizer over my hands without too much waste, and didn't soak my hands too much either. There was no 'dribble' down the bottle from the nozzle, and it has never one got blocked on me. The only downside was my hands were very wet - it made it a little slippery to put the lid back on the bottle (though now in hindsight and - I since have realised - that it is easier to rub your hands together before trying to put the lid on ha ha) It is very simple to use, the usual really. Coat the hands and then rub together until dry. Done! Once you have sprayed your hands and rub together, it does dry fairly quickly, though I definitely think it takes longer to be absorbed than it's gel like cousin.
The liquid itself is very nice to use. Usually my hands really sting after using my gel (because they are dry and split) but I had no pain what so ever using this. My hands didn't even look red and aggravated! I was a little wary because I couldn't smell anything that, to me, smells 'clean' (that usual anti bacterial smell) but I know to trust a good name like Carex and put my doubts behind me.
The bottle for the spray is brilliant. The lid clicks on securely without being too hard to take off, and I have not yet managed to lose it in my bag. The pump to the bottle also screws on safely - no leaks so far! I was somewhat worried that this might happen and that I would end up with a very sanitized (but very wet!) handbag.
Since the first time I have used this spray I have got much better at using it. I am much less messy! I have not yet accidentally sprayed anyone, including me, in the eyes, and I have also managed to learn the simple trick of rubbing my hands together before putting the lid on! No more slipping around with the lid ha ha.
According to the stickers the bottle contains 200+ applications (though I think I may use a little too much at once to benefit from this) and kills 99.9% of all bad bacteria, alcohol free! The 99.9% figure always makes me happy, and the alcohol free statement also makes me very happy (because of the lack of stinginess!) so I am pleased that this spray has this benefit. It is also pointed out (as I previously mentioned) that the spray can be used to sanitize surfaces, as well as hands, such as; door handles; toilet seats; and nappy changing tables. Even though now I have used it, this seems obvious to me, I still think it is a brilliant benefit of the spray sanitizer and has it not stated it on the bottle I may have been too daft to realise! It does say you need to make sure if you use it on a surface that you ensure the surface is dry - of course this may take a little time, but I would say it is worth it to know it is fully hygienic.
All in all I am very happy with my little bottle. It has lasted a good month so far and I still have half the bottle left. It only cost me £1 for 75ml, and I think that is excellent value. Ok, so that was on offer, but I can imagine I would happily pay a bit more for this! I usually pay around the £2.50 mark for The Body Shop's similar size gel, so to have to convenience of a surface spray also, I would be happy to pay a little extra.
I had a horrible sneezy, nose runny cold and I was going to London to be a tourist for the day with my Mum. I wanted to keep my hands clean, to avoid getting dirty and spreading my cold, but it can be really difficult when you are away from home and have to rely on public toilets.
My mum picked up this portable hand washing spray for me from tescos, she paid £2.55 for it, which I think is quite expensive compared to soap, and hand washes you use in a sink. However it was an essential at the time.
The bottle contains 75ml, and for me this lasted around 100 washes of both hands (at a guess). The bottle is clear with a spray pump top, which is easy to work with the push of a finger. It is not an aerosol, so not bad for the environment either!
A couple of squirts are enough to cover both of your hands and it is quite easy to rub in. The spray has a watery texture. It doesn't irritate my dry skin or make it sore. It does however leave a funny feeling of a layer on my hands, which doesn't make my hands feel clean, which quite defeats the purpose of washing them. The spray did however make me feel like I was doing my bit trying to combat germ spreading.
I've got no measure of how well this actually works, It's not like I never ever got a cold again, but it did make me feel more positive and like I was taking a step in the right direction to saving strangers from contracting my cold.
Carex Anti-Bacterial Hand & Surface Spray
What is it?
An antibacterial spray by Carex.
This is specially designed to be used on hands and can also be used as a surface spray. It is alcohol free and claims to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria.
What do I think?
I am absolutely love this and use this everywhere I go, before I eat, coming out from the washrooms, after opening doors...yes, I am probably obsessed but it give me some peace of mind.
This is very convenient to use, it's a small 75ml bottle which is a good size to carry in your handbag and has a capped spray top. Although small, it holds up to 200 applications, I bought mine several months ago and still haven't used half of it yet, and I am a mad sprayer. Only a couple of sprays is needed each time and it dries very quickly. This doesn't have any alcohol so doesn't feel volatile when you use it. It feels very much like water, and sometimes does give me a feeling of uncertainty as to whether it really is working as it doesn't have that 'alcohol' effect drying off from your hands like the old hand gels have, the ones that are similar to the hospitals. The good thing about the alcohol-free part is that it doesn't dry out your hands, often even when it's just water my hand feel dry after washing, but with this my skin tends to stay quite balanced.
It usually costs about £1.99 for a 75ml bottle, at first it seemd quite pricey, but as it holds up to 200 applications and doubles up as a surface spray, I think this is a very reasonable price. Of course, this cannot really beat proper washing with water and soap but it's better to have this than nothing!
Thanks for reading.