I picked up a bottle of this Milton hand gel recently at The Baby Show in Manchester, for just £1. I bought a couple of bottles as I am always loosing hand gels, and I like to have them everywhere, in my car, handbag, drawer at work etc. They are so handy, especially out on the go, before you eat your food to keep germs at bay!
Anti bacterial hand gels are essential when out and about these days! I always have one with me for when I have changed my babies nappy, I always use this gel afterwards. It is handy to use before you eat your dinner, or a packet of crisps when out and about. There is no need to find toilets to wash your hands! It works by killing germs, bacteria, fungi and viruses on your hands.
This Milton hand gel, I have not noticed before in any shops until I bought it, it is sold in Boots along with loads of other Milton cleaning products in the baby aisle. This is a 100ml bottle of anti-bacterial gel, which is the same size as most alcohol gel bottles. The actual gel inside is an aqua blue colour, which looks quite nice, and reminds me of mouth wash!
You just simply press the button on the top of the bottle to dispense this hand gel, and press it back down to close again. The first thing I noticed with this hand gel, is that it is very runny. If you are not careful it is so easy to pour way too much of this hand gel onto your hand and it just runs and drips everywhere when your rubbing it in. You only have to tilt the bottle just slightly for this product to come out. This is more of a liquid, not an actual gel consistency.
It rubs in easy though, and dries really quickly. It doesn't feel sticky, and I haven't noticed that it dries my hands out. On the bottle is says it has an added moisturiser, but I haven't noticed my hands are really soft afterwards, maybe it just stops your hands drying out, which I have had with other alcohol gels.
I don't think I would buy this anti bacterial gel again, just for the consistency, I always forget and pour too much and it goes everywhere, or I have to wipe some off as it won't rub in if you have too much on! I'm sure it does the job it is supposed to, just as well as other gels out there, but there are other ones that are a lot less messy out there I would rather buy!
Antibacterial hand gel is something that's always useful to have, well, on hand. I am not one of those people who gets terrified by the mere prospect of touching a public door, and generally I tend to sympathise with the old "peck of dirt" mindset that says that *really excessive and obsessive* cleanliness may do more harm than good, except perhaps for very young children or sick or elderly people. However, there are clearly limits to this philosophy, and in some circumstances - for example when handling food, or in a season like this when colds and sniffles become widespread - there's a good case for having a quick and easy way to give yourself (and those with whom you come into contact) a measure of protection.
Milton is a very long established and respected name in the hygiene market, and the sight of it engenders confidence and trust. The company seems to understand its calm, reassuring image and as such the gel comes in a fairly plain bottle without any ridiculously brazen claims about its effectiveness. "Kills all bacteria" has always seemed to me a particularly silly one, since the net result of removing all bacteria from your body would be the decidedly unhealthy and indeed unhygienic practice known as death! Milton instead goes for the straightforward, if slightly ungrammatical, "Kills bacteria, fungi, viruses" and only in small print on the rear label do we see a claim about "perfect hand hygiene".
The hand gel comes in a handy 100 ml bottle, which makes it very suitable for travelling. Even if you are using a form of transport where capacity limits do not apply, this size makes the bottle small enough that it can easily be stuffed into the side pocket of a bag or into a coat pocket. You don't need a huge amount of the liquid for each application, so although the bottle might seem rather small it should last a reasonable length of time. The bottle has an old-fashioned flip-top cap with an equally traditional small nozzle hole through which the gel can be squeezed; it's quite runny stuff, so be careful not to squeeze too enthusiastically!
Milton haven't added a great deal of scent to their gel, which seems a sensible decision: especially when doing things like feeding a toddler you really don't want a nasty "medicinal" smell to accompany the proper sustenance! It's not completely fragrance-free, and to my nose smells just a little like mouthwash; that said, *don't* go putting it in your mouth! The bottle label is very clear that if the gel is swallowed, immediate medical attention must be sought. As you would expect for an alcohol-based product, this liquid must be kept well away from fire, as well as in a decently ventilated area. You don't need to go overboard with this, though, as long as it's out of reach of questing children's fingers. (Are there any other kind?)
As long as you're ready for just how runny it is, this gel is extremely fast and easy to apply: squeeze out a little on your hand, then rub together quickly. The gel sinks in and evaporates within a few seconds, if anything less than the 30 the bottle states, making this entirely practical for use when you're out and about. Only a shadow of the aroma remains after the liquid has gone, but there is a rather pleasant slight tingling that gives your skin a nice clean feeling. A few people may not like the rather warm feel that goes with it; many similar products seem to provide a rather cold sensation, but not this one. Oddly, despite claiming to contain a moisturiser, I actually find this stuff dries my skin out very slightly, which is a little disappointing.
Prices for a 100 ml bottle of the Milton gel vary quite a bit, but as a rule of thumb supermarkets are likely to sell it for around the £1.50 mark, which seems quite reasonable considering that you can get several dozen uses out of one pack. It's certainly something I'd recommend keeping to hand, and if there are vulnerable people around then it may see quite a bit of use. For healthy adults it probably needs using only in moderation, but it's a reliable and effective gel that despite one or two little niggles (that reduce its rating from five stars to four) is certainly good enough to recommend for general use.
You smell better than stilton
You don't smell
When I ring the bell
You let clean my hands
From rubber bands
You make me gleam
You make me scream
You kill the germs
From all the firms
When I'm on the train
When I'm on the bus
When I'm in the car
When I'm at the Zoo
Your always right there
Cleaning and killing
And Always willing
To vanish all the dirt
So I don't hurt
All the care
So I don't harm a hair
No need for water
Because your the sorter
Milton, Milton your oh so kind
And you never seem to mind
Your oh so handy you fit in my bag
I never carry a rag
Like an old hag
Bacteria, Fungi and Viruses
You kill them and save the iruses
Milton, Milton where would I be,
Without the cleaning powers of ye !!!!!!!!!
PRICE: £1.99 for 100ml at my local village chemist
Ethanol (CAS :64-17-5): 62% wlw. Propanol-2-ol (CAS 67-63-0): 10% wlw.
Since having been a bit under the weather recently, I've also had a little bout of neurosis which is thankfully ebbing away as my state of mind is returning to its normal sense of balance. This neurosis has centred around making sure that everything I touch has been treated with anti-bacterial preparations, and this has included being a little obsessive about washing my hands. Not wanting to have to trudge to the bathroom to wash my hands each time I felt they needed a good clean, I invested in a bottle of Milton Anti Bacterial Hand Gel, and now keep a bottle beside me all the time.
Milton Anti Bacterial Hand Gel is a rather nice shade of turquoise blue gel-type liquid, and comes in a clear plastic bottle that has a lever-up type lid. The rear of the bottle shows instructions for use, lists the active ingredients, the manufacturer's contact details and gives a warning that the product is highly flammable....not to be exposed to open flames or used whilst smoking or used in unventilated or tightly enclosed surroundings, plus the product should be kept well away from children.
To clean the hands with the anti bacterial preparation, the white lid must be raised to expose the dispensing nozzle. Holding the nozzle over one of your hands, the middle of the bottle must be lightly squeezed, and a quantity of the rather pleasant, slightly antiseptic smelling gel will then emerge from the dispenser onto your hand. You then rub your hands together, massaging the gel over and between your fingers, on the backs of your hands and the palms, and keep gently rubbing until your hands become dry, which the information on the bottle claims should take 30 seconds, but I find it takes just a little longer....even if I use less than the recommended quantity of the gel.
(The instructions on the bottle suggest that a thumbnail size blob be used, which apparently equals 3ml of the gel. There is no information advising that people with little hands - e.g. children - may require a smaller quantity, simply due to the area needing to be covered will be less.)
Once the above process is complete and if the claims on the bottle are accurate, you will then be protected against bacteria and the risk of infection. There is no information on the bottle that advises how long each application of the product offers protection for, but I'd guess it's probably intended that it be left down to our own discretion and common sense.
The product claims to contain a moisturiser, but I personally have found that even when used sparingly and just once a day, it dries the skin on my hands out a little, and that's a bit of a nuisance as due to my illness, I'm not at the moment allowed to use any kind of hand cream or in fact any toiletries or similar unless they have been prescribed to me by the hospital. Also, if a little hand cream is needed to re-moisturise the hands after using Milton Anti Bacterial Gel, would that not defeat its purpose?
I love the fresh, clean smell of this hand gel and am finding it extremely useful during a time when my physical movement abilities are somewhat limited; it's good to have something next to me with which I can clean my hands with that doesn't involve a laborious and painful trek to the bathroom. I would prefer it if the gel were slightly thicker though, as I find whenever I squeeze a blob onto the palm of my hand, the outer edges go a bit runny and I have to cup my hand to stop it spilling onto either me or the floor. That's a minor complaint though and one which is easily remedied.
After the gel has been completely absorbed into the hands, there is no stickiness or any kind of unpleasant sensation and it does feel as though you have simply washed and dried your hands in the conventional way. Continued, frequent use can (as mentioned) leave the skin feeling slightly dry though.
Though I've so far only used the product indoors, I'd imagine it's extremely useful to carry a bottle around whilst you're out, so that you can easily just squirt a bit onto your hands when they need cleaning and you're miles away from soap and water, bathrooms etc. The bottle is lightweight and slim, and would fit into a handbag easily. I'm also sure this product is an absolute Godsend to those who spend a lot of their time changing babies' nappies!
I would strongly recommend keeping a bottle of Milton Anti Bacterial Hand Gel with you at all times, as you never know when it could come in very useful. I'd also recommend shopping around, because I've seen the price for a 100ml bottle vary greatly in different outlets. The most expensive I've seen is that which I've bought from my local village chemist for £1.99 (100ml), and the cheapest I've seen for the same sized bottle is in Tescos, priced at £1.34.
I have tried other brands of anti bacterial hand gel, and though the Milton variety is as good as any of them, the only little downer I have on it is that it is a little runnier than most and needs massaging into the hands for a few seconds longer. I've now weaned myself off of using the product obsessively, and am only applying when I really feel that I need to; it's still drying the skin out on my hands somewhat though. When I'm 100% better from my illness and am able to use other toiletries etc. again, I definitely shall invest in a gentle hand cream to counteract the drying effect from the Milton Gel.
Try it...it's a handy little product and though I'd not say it's any better, it's certainly no worse than the other brands I've used.
Thanks for reading!
Antibacterial hand gel - who doesn't have a tube or bottle of this at the moment! With all of the publicity surrounding swine flu and the spread of various diseases, most people have a bottle of this somewhere near them. This is a 100ml bottle so is quite large, it is clear so the user can see how much is left and also contains directions for use on the bottle. The product claims it has a moisturizer as well so hands should not get dry when re-applying this product. It odes not claim a percentage of the viruses it kills like some other products however it does claim to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses. When wanting to apply open the cap and squeeze a small amount on to your hand and then rub thoroughly onto hands and in between fingers. This should then kill all the nasties lurking about on there. This is a great product to keep in your bag, desk and also to use when traveling. As the size is so small you can take it on a plane in your hand luggage so is pretty much perfect in every given situation. The price for this varies according to store but I got it for under £1 from my local supermarket.
I bought this last year went Swine Flu was constantly in the headlines, and I was fearing for my children's health. At the time my daughters were about 7 or 8 months and 2 ½, so were and still are, in the high risk group. So I bought a bottle of this to have out and about with me, and of course I used it a couple of times, then the novelty wore off and it has been forgotten about in my bag ever since. That is until this week.
Since November last year both my children have been ill on and off with various illnesses...sickness bugs, colds, chest infections, colds again, viruses...you name it they seem to have had it (and me too). Then last week I really felt like we were coming out of the doom and gloom and they both seemed free of any sort of ailments...until Monday morning when my youngest started throwing up.
Usually when one of us in the house gets a sickness bug, we all get it. But not this time, I was determined to prevent the bug from spreading between us, and I remember I had this hand gel so I rummaged through my bag and brought it out.
My daughter was sick for 12 hours, probably about 10 or 11 times in that period of time, but each time she was sick I got rid of the towel I had let her be sick in, changed any sicky clothes, and rubbed her hands, my hands and her sister's hands with this gel. I did this every single time (I had a lot of washing to do by the end of the day!), and surprisingly the bug has not spread. I'm not sure if this is a coincidence, but both my children suck their thumbs, and you know what kids are like, play with toys, put their hands in their mouths, play with more toys...just generally spread their germs far and wide throughout the house, so I really think that by keeping on top of their hands with this gel over the last two days has really prevented some of the sickness germs from spreading.
My youngest is recovering well, and my eldest seems perfectly healthy, and me too! Husband hasn't got it either, but he isn't included in this experiment as I didn't use the hand gel on him due to him being out at work all day.
The Milton Antibacterial Hand Gel comes in a small 100ml bottle, and is blue in colour (the bottle claims to kill bacteria, fungi & viruses). The gel is slightly fragranced and you can also smell the alcohol, but it is not overpowering. Once you squirt the gel onto your hands, you just rub your hands together making sure to rub into all areas and it soon gets absorbed. I was quite surprised at how well this gel seems to absorb straight into your skin. It does not leave any sort of residue and your hands feel and smell very fresh.
I have been really quite impressed with it, the only downside is that now both my daughters have an obsession with it, and want to use it all the time...but I would recommend this gel if you just needed that bit of extra security with keeping yours or your children's hands clean, especially when they are poorly.
The active ingredients are Ethanol and Propan-2-ol. It is also easily flammable (not that it has ever set alight when in my use).
I can't remember how much I paid for this but I'm guessing it's between the £1 and £2 mark.
I can't believe how many different types of antibacterial gels I am seeing at checkouts in Boots and other chemists. I heard an assistant saying in Superdrug the other day that they couldn't stock the shelves quickly enough!
Thermometers are also selling fast, and there is a general state of panic in the UK regarding Swine Flu, and as a nation we are all in danger of becoming slaves to the bacteria we are trying so hard to avoid.
World wide there is also panic. When I arrived in the Maldives this summer I had to complete a detailed medical questionnaire on entry, which was scrutinised by a mask covered clerk, and again in Kefalonia only two weeks ago my body was scanned by an infrared camera to check for any high temperatures which could indicate an infection! Yes it is a serious problem and one which many countries don't want on their doorstep.
So how do we protect ourselves, and is it worth spending money on antibacterial gels?
First of all I must tell you that when I trained as a nurse we did a lot on microbiology, as it is vital to protect yourself and your patients from any potentially harmful germs. Hand washing is the single most important aspect in this, and it can be soap and water, but it has to be thorough if it is to be effective. I have seen so many people in toilets doing a quick token wash, but I spend a long time making sure I do it thoroughly and carefully. This isn't just guess work. We were made to do experiments based on hand washing for various lengths of time taking swabs afterwards, and comparing the numbers of surviving bacteria. A quick token hand wash isn't worth it -a good minute really is.
That is all I do unless I am in certain situations, one of which is when travelling. This is when I do purchase and use Milton Hand Gel which you can find in most chemist stores for about £1.95 for 100mls. It is normally with the baby items in most outlets.
This is a blue gel and being 100 ml in size it fulfils the criteria to take in hand luggage onto aircraft. A turquoise liquid it is easily dispensed from the flip top lid, and when put onto the hands it immediately evaporates and the hands are left dry. It contains an added moisturiser so they are not uncomfortable, but a clinical smell does remain for a short while after use. You don't rinse it off, it works without water.
Claiming to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses this gel is absolutely ideal in situations where water is perhaps not as available as you would like. I find that on an aircraft sometimes the demand for the toilet is too high, and if I want to eat or drink before having access to washing facilities this gel is excellent. In the cramped aircraft situation of course you are exposed to many other people, and the toilets may be a source of germs, so I always use this gel after I have been to them.
Vital uses for this would also be on long bus and coach trips, and when camping.
Many people come home from holiday and within a few days get a cold. This may be due to the amount of time you spend in close proximity to others, since cold and flu viruses can live for up to 24 hours on surfaces and places where people share such as door handles.
If you have a baby and have to do nappy changes on the move this is another brilliant use for this product, as a picnic in the park will be safer afterwards.
Now there are so many of these products available and there are many which retail for less than Milton, which I feel is worth saying because no doubt here you are paying a premium for the name, and for the heavy advertising this company do. Cuticura do a lovely lemon version which is at least 70p less, and Carex make some good products too.
For those seeking the real heavy artillery you can buy some gels made by Hibi which have Chlorhexidine Gluconate as their main ingredient which really wipes out germs making hands surgically clean. These are widely available from online chemists.
Having tried all of these I actually favour the Milton Gel as I think it is the one which actually leaves hands softer, and does not cause dryness which you certainly get if you use the Hibi for prolonged periods of time.
I have taken to using the Milton Gel on a cotton pad to clean the computer keyboard, which I have read in several studies may harbour more germs than an average toilet! It works very well and leaves the keyboard clean, but you do have to use it sparingly otherwise it could be dangerous and detrimental to the internal workings. I think this use is vital if you have several sharing the keyboard.
Last week I had the cold and cough from hell. I really didn't want my son to catch it as he was in the middle of his application to universities, and so I used this religiously and he didn't get it from me, thank goodness.
My final use for this Milton Gel is in the kitchen. I always wash my hands with Dettol Soap before I prepare food, and then I use a little of this gel if I am going to use my hands for anything like bread making or pastry, just to make sure I am spotless. I wouldn't normally suggest this unless you have cats, which I do, so as I am responsible for their litter tray hygiene I do have to take extra precautions.
Milton Hand Gel is certainly not the cheapest on the market, and is not something I feel strongly should be on everyone's shopping list. It is a good product and it does leave hands soft and clean, but I think the other alternatives which are offered by rivals Cuticura and Carex are of similar quality, and serve the same purpose. If you can't afford any of them then wash your hands for longer with something like Dettol soap and you'll be fine.
Milton Hand Gel is a valuable tool against viruses and bacteria and if you have any kind of sick bug in the house then try to use this as well as hand washing to provide an extra layer of protection.
It's a good product but not the only one out there, but it might be a good choice if you are prone to having dry hands as it does not aggravate that at all in my experience.
I am awarding it 3 Dooyoo stars because it is one of a choice of others on the market which all do a similar job. Hand washing is still the best protection we have, and somewhere in the back of my mind I wonder if long term all this cleaning will make us even more prone to infections, as our immune systems are continually being supported by products like these. The jury is out on that, but certainly in the short term these products do help and Milton is a good choice.
I find myself quite often in situations where water isn't available, and for me this is where Milton Gel and its competitors really have a place.
I keep some in my handbag for times like these.
I love this product, a clear additon to any busy mum's handbag.
In todays day and age, everyone is concious of the spreading of germs, however, many places it can be difficult to get children in to wash hands before eating.
This gel is an a handbag sized plastic bottle, the lid is nice and secure to prevent any spillage and although it does have a slightly 'clinical' odour, it is by no means unpleasant and it does not dry out your hands like some others. The gel is of a good consistancy, and when used alongside baby wipes, gives mum's peace of mind that little hands are clean before eating picnics on days out.
One thing to consider is that the consistancy of the gel does get slightly runnier if the bottle is left in the sunshine and therefore you can end up squirting more of the product than required which does cause wastage. It can alos be used dual purpose and rather than purchasing the wipes in the same range, a tissue and a small squirt of this works wonders on highchair trays/tables when out with babies.
I would also be aware that this product does sting slightly if used on hands that are chapped/cut.
There are alternative brands on the market which I have tried, however they tend to be lemon scented, which I find linger on hands and are not so suitable with children.
In a handy travel size bottle, the pleasantly scented hand gel has been clinically proven to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses within seconds and no need for water, so you can use it anywhere.