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For the last year I have worked as a Health Care Assistant in a residential home and over this time I have used an unbelievable amount of hand sanitizer and it isn't even provided by the company. Since I have to buy Sanitizer myself I tend to buy whichever is cheapest at the time and I came across this Dettol version on sale in the Asda near to work. The sanitizer comes in a small plastic bottle which is an ideal size to slip in my uniform pocket or hanging from my pocket on a pulley cord. The bottle is see through so you can see how much product you have left which is important for me so I can see when I need to put an extra bottle in my handbag. The bottle doesn't have a nozzle like most of these products do but actually works by squeezing the bottle which I quickly found is useless as when bending and crouching to deal with residents I found I was putting pressure on the bottle and ending up with wet patches on my uniform. The gel is actually quite runny compared to others that I have used so you have to be ready to rub it in when you dispense it, the gel promises to kill 99.9% of germs which is the whole point of using a sanitizer and means when moving from one resident to another if I cannot get to a sink to wash my hands properly I can be sure my hands are clean and near enough germ free. The gel is easy to spread around my hands and it doesn't leave my hands feeling sticky which I have found with some cheaper sanitizers. The product smells of alcohol and it most certainly contains a lot of alcohol, this sort of product is a must in my line of work however as I have contact dermatitis when my hands are particularily bad they split and this sanitizer really stings. I will personally stick with other sanitizers such as Carex as I find this a much nicer product and a better way of dispensing too, I will rate this 3 stars from 5 as I don't like the strong alcohol smell and the dispensing of the product isn't good for me.
I am a huge fan of hand gel. I always have a bottle in the car, in the house and in my handbag. I find it comes in useful when hand washing facilities are not great or after changing my daughters nappy. I don't have any loyalty to any particular brand of this gel although some smell better than others and are kinder to my hands. I picked up this one in Home Bargains for just 19p a bottle, I have seen this in Boots at £1.50. The bottle has the Dettol logo on it and states that it kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. The gel has a picture of a camomile flower on the bottle stating that it will 'soothe' your hands as it contains camomile. It also states that the gel is demotologically tested. Each bottle contains 50ml of gel. The main ingredient with Dettol gel as with many others is alcohol which is known for it's germ killing properties. To use the gel you simply dispense a small thumbnail sized amount onto your hands and rub until it is absorbed and your hands are dry. Unlike some gels this one didn't smell of alcohol it had a floral clean scent to it. The gel also had a slight hint of pink to it. The gel absorbed really quickly into my hands wihtout leaving any stickiness. I also felt reassured that any germs had been killed. My hands felt soft and smooth after use and it didn't dry my skin out like other gels I have used. I would definately buy this gel again. It has a pleasant smell and a bottle should contain 100 uses according to Dettol. This is a handbag essential!
One day, my friend produces this bottle from her bag. Its apparently a bottle of 'Hand Sanitizer.' Why she chose to show me this I don't know, other than to make me think she was a clean freak. The reason she had no need for it was because we were in the middle of school. She then forces me to use some of it, 'Because it smells nice and makes your hands feel clean.' Ok so yes it does do this, but not in the middle of school, I never realised she was a clean freak, but yes she is. Ok so you may think I am currently rambling, but soon after this, I went to a music festival (glastonbury to be specific :) and I found that this hand sanitizer was perfect for what I needed. The fact that there is hardly any water around, and any water you can get you save for drinking and any possible kind of washing you can, makes hand sanitizer brilliant. The reason I chose this stuff was because it is a trusted brand, and everything my friend had said about it was true. It's quite a small bottle, which is good if you just want to put it in a coat pocket. I found it wasn't leaky or anything. And after going in the seriously icky porta-loos, the promise of 'killing 99.99% germs' was something I looked forward too. It's good in any kind of situation where you can't get to a basin or somewhere to wash your hands, and is much nicer than the stuff they use in porta-loos.
The Product This product is an antibacterial gel which can be used to disinfect your hands when you are unable to wash them. My Verdict To be honest I was quite sceptical about this product when my girlfriend brought it home for the first time. She is a bit of a germ freak and I saw this purchase as another silly step in her fight against her micro-biotic foes. It has actually proved to be really useful both here and on holiday, especially if you are travelling in a country where the sanitation is less than perfect. We took it with us to Cambodia and Thailand earlier this year and managed a whole month there without encountering the dreaded 'Bangkok Belly', despite eating in some really dodgy places along the way. This has got to be, in some part at least, due to the hand sanitizer we used religiously before every meal. Back in the UK it has proved equally useful. It is a good way to freshen up your hands after all the grubby action of a typical day: commuting to the office, clearing up after your kids, using the mouse and keyboard at work, eating a sneaky McDonalds and getting ketchup all over you! The gel has a pleasant enough smell, although the alcoholic smell can be a bit overpowering. Most importantly for me, it evaporates away leaving a dry, non-sticky finish so your hands actually feel clean. Another good thing about this product is that you only need a tiny amount for each application, meaning one bottle lasts a long time. It is also convenient as the small bottle fits easily into your bag without taking up too much space. Despite my initial scepticism, I have now been converted into a real fan of this product. At around £1 per bottle it won't break the bank. It's convenient, easy to use and most importantly it works! I would say it is most useful if you are going on holiday or if you have kids (or if, like my girlfriend, you are a bit of a germ-o-phobe!)
Dettol Hand Sanitizer is a gel type sanitizer to clean your hands and the germs on them in a small bottle for convenience and for use anytime. Kills 99.9% of germs. +++BOTTLE DESIGN+++ The design is a long round shaped transparent bottle, and has a protective cap, and uses squeeze mechanism opposed to a nozzle, which I dislike due to the consistancy of the sanitizer, although squeeze ones are easier to use when there is little sanitizer left. I like the design overall, as the size is not too tall and it is easy to fit into a pocket or a bag and does not spill easily due to the strong cap, yet not too difficult to open. +++TEXTURE+++ The consistancy of the gel is rather too liquidy for me although it does evaporate rather quickly but i would prefer it more to be a gel than a kind of lotion/bath gel consistancy. However, given its consistancy it does not stick or leave any sort of residue, and it should be commended for this as you really don't feel it at all afterwards, yet get a clean hand feeling. +++SMELL+++ The smell is also another problem. The label says it is aloe vera, but the smell of alchohol is much too strong that I cannot smell aloe vera. I purchased the aloe vera smell so that I don't get the alchohol and I am rather disappointed in this aspect. It is not a totally bad thing, as other sanitizers might be heavily fragranced but I am the sort of person who likes the fragrance so this sanitizer was a bit disappointing. +++PRICE+++ Around £1 which is typical price for all hand sanitizers of this volume. +++OVERALL+++ I found that it gave your hands a clean and fresh feeling after using them, and are slightly moisturizing too. I don't like using these too often but they are very convenient and does the job well. I wouldn't recommend this compared to other sanitizers on the market, my personal favourite is the Carex Aloe Vera Hand Gel, not only does it do the job but has a really nice smell too!