“ Brand: Hygienics / Type: Hand Gel / Suitable for: Hand „
I have a bit of an obsession with anti bacterial products, as with four children five and under germs and bugs are easily spread between them. One of the must have in my handbag is an anti bacterial hand wash for when I amount and about and am unable to wash my hands. I managed to pick up a four pack of 100m bottles for just £1 and thought they would be perfect for my handbag. Hygienics hand gel promises to be an alternative for soap and water, while still providing an anti bacterial cleaning solution at the same time. It keeps hands clean and because there is no need for water it can be used on the go. It claims to be quick drying, and to clean hands without leaving a sticky residue.
The bottle is very easy to use just give it a small squeeze and a small blob of the gel flows easily out of the opening. I like that it is a thick consistency, as it means not too much comes out of the bottle at once. Once the gel hits your hands it begins to melt instantly. It can become rather runny, and as it melts so quickly you really need to be quick beginning to rub it into your hands. It is easy to spread across my hands and between my fingers, and a little of the gel melts really well spreads over my skin easily.
It does not dry instantly, but this gives you the chance to clean the whole of your hands without it absorbing into the skin too quickly. After use my hands feel lovely and clean but also soft. This gel does not dry them out at all which is great as many other similar products leave my hands needing moisturised. It claims to be kind to and which is true, but it also has no moisturising properties so it is not going to hydrate your hands. It should be kept out of reach of children and not used on broken skin. It is quick to use and this is what makes it perfect and convenient to use out of the house.
There is a very clinical smell to it. As soon as you open the bottle you can instantly smell the gel, and it does resemble that of a hospital. This scent also transfers to your hands but it does lessen a little as time. The scent is still noticeable for a good half an hour afterwards. It is just a standard hand wash so I did not expect an overly pleasant scent but it is a little strong. There is no residue left on my hands after I use this gel. I can notice a slight film on them for a few minutes after, but once it has completely dried this disappears.
My hands do feel clean after using this gel and I like that it promises to kill bacteria on the move. It is the perfect size for my bag and the bottles really do last a long time. A tiny amount of the gel melts on your hands to spread and clean them easily. It is quick to apply and only takes around a minute to completely dry. The smell could be nicer but it does leave my hands fresh and clean so I would definitely recommend them. I found my pack of four for just £1 at my local chemist. It is also available on Amazon in larger bottle, but I feel the smaller ones are more suited as they fit in my hand bag.
With the increased concern over Swine Flu and the value of hand cleanliness, hand gels seem to have become very popular over the last year. Previously only found in hospitals and with people who need to regular clean their hands, almost everyone now seems to possess some.
If you are going to wash your hands properly with soap and warm water and have nice clean towels handy then you probably don't need hand gel. However gel is an easy way to keep your hands clean.
On the bottle it claims to kill 99.9% of all known germs (what happens when we meet the 0.1% germ?!). It also claims to have moisturisers added to keep your hands soft and smooth. I assume that would be essential given the main ingredient is alcohol.
The gel is dispensed by a push down plunger. You apply a small amount to your hands and rub all over them. It disappears quite quickly. The odour is ok - not fantastic, not awful. There is no sticky feeling left. All in all very easy to use. Once opened it has a shelf life of 24 months.
The main disadvantage with this product is it's not portable. The big bottle means it's best for the kitchen or your office desk. You would probably need to buy another smaller product for your bag.
This product is widely available and costs just under £2 for 500ml.
This is yet another sanitised hand gel that I have used over recent weeks. This one was over at my parent's house in Italy (bought in England). It was ideal as most of the day is spent outdoors over there and was very handy to have outside, especially with a young baby around so that we didn't have to keep going indoors to clean our hands.
- Price and Packaging -
This large 500ml clear transparent bottle cost £1.99 from the local chemist although I've seen it today in the local Home Bargains store for £1.79. The gel comes from a push down plunger at the top of the bottle.
- What does it say on the packet? -
*Kills 99.9% of all known germs.
*Effective against a wide range of bacteria.
*Helps reduce the spread of infection by the hands.
*Cleans and freshens hands without soap and water.
The longevity of the hand gel is good, lasting 24 months from opening.
For more information on the range of products visit www.fmcgltd.com
- My experience -
This is a clear gel-like substance which has a good consistency. It is very cool when applied, absorbs quickly and doesn't leave an awful sticky feeling afterwards.
The only disadvantage for me is the size of the bottle, it isn't a convenient size to fit in a standard handbag and cart around with you all day so I have to stick to the less economical ones in my bag for daily use when out and about.
Overall a great product to have around. Locate the most effective place to have it and keep hygienic throughout the day.