It seems that everybody has a bottle of antibacterial hand gel in their bag or on their desk these days. Particularly when I'm out and about with my children I also like to keep some handy. They like to touch everything and there isn't always a convenient place to wash hands when you need one.
I have tried a few brands of antibacterial hand wash but it is hard to review the antibacterial effectiveness so I will concentrate on the other factors. This product from boots does however claim to kill 99.9% of bacteria which is good enough for me!
Packaging: the packaging and design really let's this product down. It looks cheap and basic as if no thought has been put into it whatsoever. The transparent bottle has a flip top lid and a simple label. The whole bottle looks aqua blue due to the product inside. It is the colour you would expect of a cleaning product rather than a hand product but perhaps that is how it is marketed.
The gel is dispensed easily and is a good consistency. It is runny enough to be rubbed over the hands easily and easily and quickly dried without having to rub or wipe. Other antibacterial hand gels I have tried have left a sticky residue on the hands but this one does not.
My main dislike about this product is the fragrance. As expected, given that the main ingredient is alcohol denat, it smells strongly of alcohol. It would be vastly improved if another fragrance had been added to mask this. This initial strong smell fades quickly and there is no lingering fragrance from the product.
The 150ml bottle costs £1.49 which is good value compared to other brands.
In summary, this is a good value, functional product but it doesn't have the feel good factor in any way.
Having 2 kids, who seem to attract dirt and grime whilst playing out, I always have a packet of babywipes and some anti-bacterial hand cleanser in my bag incase they get anything horrible or sticky on their hands which I don't know the origin of.
The most recent bottle of instant hand cleanser I picked up was in Boots, when I saw it on offer near to the tills for just £1. The 150ml bottle plastic bottle the cleaner comes in is clear and the gel inside is a bright blue colour, there's nothing fancy about the packaging, it's all very simple and clean.
According to the bottle, the hand cleanser gel "kills 99% of bacteria" whilst leaving hands feeling clean and fresh within seconds. For kids with sticky or dirty fingers, I thought this would be a good way of cleaning their hands whilst out and about without the need for water, as that's not needed in order to use the gel.
To use the anti-bacterial instant hand cleaner, you just squeeze a little out of the bottle and onto your hands, then rub the gel all over your hands. Due to the main ingredient being alcohol-based, as you rub this evaporates, meaning that after 20 seconds rubbing or so, your hands will be dry again.
When you use this, there's quite an obvious chemically smell, but it's not unpleasant, it smells fresh and clean and gives the impression that it really is cleansing your hands and killing the bacteria on them. I find when I've used this myself, that my hands are initially a little tacky after use, but this fades after a few seconds and I'm just left with cleaner feeling hands.
I find this a very useful product because it's quick and easy to use, so if my kids get dirty or potentially germ-ridden hands on the go, I can get rid of the dirt and germs quickly, without having to take them to a bathroom to get clean.
Of course, not being able to see bacteria, I can't guarantee that this actually kills the bugs, BUT I don't imagine Boots would be able to get away with advertising it as anti-bacterial if it didn't at least have some major effect on bacteria levels, and that's good enough for me.
Overall, I can recommend this product; it's quick, easy and seems to be effective to use, plus it's cheap, so I can't really fault it.
I am having a bit of a nightmare at the moment. My poor dog has been attacked by a bad case of fleas or mites or something and she is scabby and sore. As such I am brushing her, cleansing her and applying cream a few times a day. I am obviously washing my hands thoroughly after doing this but felt I would like a bit more reassurance in the form of an antibacterial hand gel to use as well.
I went to Boots to have a look for a hand gel and initially picked up one by a brand I had not heard of but was £3.00. I couldn't really see any others so thought this would have to do however when I got near to the check out I noticed that they had their own brand of anti bacterial gel in a much bigger bottle than the one I had picked up for just a pound. I immediately swopped the bottle and decided to try this instead.
The hand gel comes in a clear plastic bottle but which looks blue as the gel is blue inside it. It is a 150ml bottle and the packaging is very basic and simple. I think this is fine-you don't need fancy packaging to house a hand gel and I would rather a basic bottle and pay a little less. On the front is the Boots logo, though this is small. It says Antibacterial Hand Gel and then underneath that there is what looks to be a picture of a few blue bubbles and inside them it says that the gel kills 99% of bacteria and leaves your hands clean and fresh in seconds.
On the back of the bottle is the ingredients label which states the main ingredient which is an active ingredient is Alcohol denat and this is 60% of the product. I am not going to try and make sense of the rest of the ingredients!
To use the hand gel you need to flip open the lid and squeeze a small amount on to your dry hands and then rub it all over your hands basically. I find that a pea sized amount is spot on for my hands and as such I can see that this bottle is really going to last a long time. It is useful to note that once opened you can keep it for 36 months.
When I apply the gel it feels cold on my hands and slithers around. You need to rub it in quite quickly or you might lose your blob of it! There is a strong antibacterial fragrance as you apply it and initially my hands feel quite sticky for a few seconds. This does disappear quite quickly though and then my hands actually feel quite soft and moisturised. The smell of the gel also fades very quickly and I do actually feel that my hands are cleaning and more protected.
One thing to remember is do not apply this to broken skin! I would imagine it would sting a lot!
At the price of £1.00 I would certainly recommend this gel to people! It will last a long time and protect your hands from harmful bacteria. The fact that it makes my hands feel so lovely afterwards is just a bonus!
There are times when a wet wipe just doesn't do the job. One of these will get rid of sticky things and muddy bits but it still leaves all those nasty germs behind. You don't have access to soap and water as you are out for the day, on holiday, travelling, or whatever. What do you do? This is where Boots Antiseptic Instant Hand Cleaner comes in useful. You don't need water or a towel. Just rub the hands together with a little of the lotion and wipe with a tissue. Hey presto! Germ free hands. It's not just children who can benefit from this either. Adults are just as vulnerable, especially when they are abroad. This lotion comes in a plastic bottle and can easily be stored in handbag or rucksack. I think it's a must for travellers. The only bad thing about this is that it stings if you have scratches or cuts on your hands. The irritation is only minor so it is not really a problem for adults. The children might object to it though!
Aww No! Your child puts its hand in dog poo, you put your hand in your childs poo or they touch something a bit dodgy looking on the beach. It all ways happens and baby wipes aren't always enough especialy when you are about to have a picnic. I took a bottle of anti-bacterial instant hand cleaner on holiday. It was used so much. It was reasuring as we had a picnic lunch every day and my 3 year old usualy spent the morning exploring the beach or somewhere and always had dirty hands. There is not always the chance to wash using soap and water and this stuff just needs rubbed on. Put a bottle in the car and a small one in your bag. Boots and Superdrug do their own versions and it is well worth getting. Great for festivals after using portaloos or BBQ's where you might be handling raw meat.