Alcohol denat (Alcohol content - 70%), Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Triethanlamine.
Hand Sanitiser 500ml
While we're all out of our smaller 50ml hand sanitiser bottles, we've been working tirelessly to create more.
We're proud to support the nations needs during the Coronavirus pandemic by providing 500ml bottles of our anti-bacterial 70% alcohol hand sanitiser gel, without inflating the price just because it's in demand.
Note: While there used to be a 2 bottles per person limit on this product (to ensure the alcohol based hand sanitiser is accessible and affordable for everyone who needs it) we now have enough stock to lift that limit.
The medical grade alcohol in our antibacterial hand sanitising gel is dermatologically tested and effectively kills over 99.9% of bacterial, fungi, and viruses on the surface of the skin.
Easy to Apply
The non-sticky formula leaves hands feeling clean and fresh without affecting your skins natural moisture.
Free Next Working Day delivery on all orders over £40. Orders are dispatched at 3pm Monday-Friday excluding bank holidays.
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How to sanitise your hands
Apply a palmful of the product in a cupped hand.
Rub hands palm to palm.
Right palm over left back of hand with interlaced fingers and vice versa
Palm to palm with fingers interlaced.
Back of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked.
Rotational rubbing of left thumb clasped in right palm and vice versa.
Rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of right hand in left palm and vice versa.
Once dry your hands are sanitised.
Alcohol Hand Sanitiser FAQs
How did you manage to keep the price of your hand sanitiser so low?We had alcohol hand sanitiser before but only in a small 50ml bottle. That was priced relatively low as well - however, it was still quite expensive because all suppliers increased their prices to us as it was the start of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown in the UK. Despite that, we kept our margins as low as possible to cover costs, and we sold all of the hand sanitiser we had within a matter of days. We've since been working around the clock to acquire the ingredients, including the right type of ethanol with all the safety testing and datasheets etc required to make a hand sanitiser at a price which would rival pre-coronavirus pandemic prices! It's low because unlike the prices elsewhere on the internet, we're not doubling or tripling our prices. In fact, the price just about covers the cost, which is why we have to charge for next day delivery when you buy hand sanitiser from us instead of being able to internalise it.
Why is there no limit of 2 on hand sanitisers per customer?We originally set a limit of 2 hand sanitisers per customer to ensure more people can get their hands on it. We also asked lots of customers to see what they thought was a fair amount and most people said 2. Obviously, if you're in a larger household, or need more then you can always order again.
However, we were able to have more manufactured so we've lifted that restriction. Besides, so many of you reached out about bulk buying hand sanitiser for your or your loved ones schools, office and other places of work we thought there no point having a limit of hand sanitiser as its still going to help people in different settings.
Why does the government recommend buying alcohol based hand sanitiser?That's a good question. The higher the alcohol content, the more pathogens are killed. The performance of any hand sanitiser with less than 60% of alcohol content is simply not good enough to kill bacteria and viruses. While there are many types of hand sanitisers, alcohol based ones are thought to be the most widely available, with lots of clinical data to show it is effective in destroying pathogens and reducing the spread of infections and diseases.
What percentage alcohol does your alcohol hand sanitiser have?The BeYou Hand Sanitiser has 70% alcohol. While that might not sound too high to you, that is classed as a hand sanitiser with high alcohol content. Most recommendations from governments and health organisations have been to buy hand sanitiser with a minimum of 60% alcohol content so rest assured the amount of alcohol in our hand sanitiser is quite high.
When and how often should you use hand sanitiser?There is no set rule or frequency for how often you should wash your hands for good hand hygiene. It really depends on what you are doing, handling, and your access to soap and water. Having said that, we thought we'd cover a few examples and guidelines from an NHS Trust:
- Before starting work and just before the end of the working day
- Before and after physical contact with each patient; bathing, toileting
- Whenever hands become visibly soiled or after microbial contamination
- Before and after removing any protective clothing (this includes sterile and non-sterile gloves)
- Before putting on sterile gloves
- Before, during and after aseptic procedures
- Before and after the administration of medications
- After handling contaminated items such as dressings, bedpans, urinals, urine drainage bags and nappies
- Before and after handling wounds, urinary catheters, feeding lines, tracheostomies
- After handling contaminated laundry and waste
- Before preparing, eating, drinking or handling food
- After visiting the toilet
- After blowing your nose and/or covering a sneeze
However, it's important to remember that our alcohol-based hand contains ethanol making it antiseptic. Hand sanitisers are not appropriate for use when hands are visibly dirty. As the NHS advises, when used properly, hand sanitisers can reduce the load of microorganisms on the hands and have been researched to minimise cross-infection.
How fast is delivery on the BeYou hand sanitiser?When you buy hand sanitiser it will be dispatched on the same day if you order it before 3 pm. However, our warehouse is closed on weekends so any orders placed on Friday after 3 pm until Monday at 3 pm will be dispatched on Monday at 3 pm. All hand sanitiser purchases are shipped with next working day delivery using Parcelforce, and you'll receive a tracking number as soon as it becomes available.
What is the delivery cost for the hand sanitiser and why?We kept the cost of our hand sanitiser as low as possible. However, when you only buy hand sanitiser on our website we cannot offer you free shipping unless you order something else. As a small business, we do not have access to cheap shipping rates like other big companies do, but we also do not add a markup on that either. Shipping is £4.50 unless purchased with other products.
How can I buy hand sanitiser from BeYou on the high street like Boots or Superdrug?Unfortunately, you can't! We've had a lot of people ask if they can buy hand sanitiser in boots or buy antibacterial hand gel in Superdrug, but you can currently only buy the BeYou Hand Sanitiser directly from us on our website.
What's the difference between alcohol-free hand sanitiser?When you buy alcohol hand sanitiser it contains alcohol, whereas buying alcohol-free hand sanitiser does not. It's as simple as that from a composition point of view. For the coronavirus pandemic, in particular, most governments and health agencies have advised that you should use alcohol based hand sanitisers. The CDC (in the USA) warned consumers that hand sanitiser gel / antibacterial hand gel with less than 60% alcohol content would not be effective during the coronavirus pandemic so we went on the safe side and increased it to 70% alcohol!
How does alcohol hand sanitiser work?In simple terms, the coronavirus (Covid-19) has an envelope structure which alcohol can attack. Alcohol molecules dissolve the fatty outside layer of the virus and damage the structures of virus proteins.
What is the alcohol content of your hand sanitiser?Our hand sanitiser has 70% alcohol in each bottle. We wanted to be on the safe side of the advice given by the World Health Organisation and the UK Government on the recommended alcohol content required for hand sanitiser to be effective during the coronavirus pandemic.
Is it OK to use hand sanitiser on your face?We don't advise using the hand sanitiser on your face. It’s not called 'all-purpose alcohol sanitiser'! The skin on your hands and face is different too.
How well does hand sanitiser gel actually clean hands?Alcohol hand sanitiser is great for cleaning hands. In fact, it kills 99.9% of pathogens on the skin making it quite effective for a quick clean. We always advise washing hands with soap and water for 30 seconds whenever you can for good hand hygiene.
Should we wash hands after using hand sanitiser?Once the bacteria and viruses are destroyed by an alcohol hand sanitiser, you don't necessarily need to wash your hands as the remnants pose less of a threat. That's not to say that all pathogens are 100% gone - there is always still a small percentage left over. For good hand hygiene, we always advise washing your hands whenever possible just in case you will be eating something. The last thing you want is to swallow hand sanitiser!
Is it safe to eat with hands after applying hand sanitiser?We always recommend washing your hands first to prevent swallowing hand sanitiser - plus it just doesn't taste nice! Having said that, if you can be careful, and the sanitiser has dried properly before eating then use your best judgement. Basically, as long as you're not swallowing hand sanitiser, and it has dried then you are okay to eat.
Are hand sanitisers flammable?Yes, many hand sanitisers are safe but they are also flammable because of the alcohol content. However, the fire risks are low when the hand sanitiser is applied properly and enough given time to dry.
Can hand sanitiser clean surfaces?While we wouldn't waste it on that, yes you can. The alcohol content in hand sanitiser makes is useful to clean some household items. We personally like using them with makeup brushes, but that's just us!
Can hand sanitiser be left in the car?Yes, as long as the bottle isn't open. We always recommend keeping it in a cool dark place though, however, whenever there is a lot of sun or heat, we would advise taking the hand sanitiser with you!
Why alcohol hand sanitiser can be useful during the coronavirus pandemic?A study by Swiss and German researchers, published in ‘Emerging Infectious Diseases’ found that alcohol hand sanitisers were effective in killing the novel coronavirus - as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The researchers in this hand sanitiser study evaluated the effectiveness of different concentrations of 4 hand sanitiser formulations on the COVID-19 virus (two were WHO recommended, and 2 were modified formulations). The World Health Organisation recommends two formulas:
(1) 80% ethanol, 1.45% glycerol, and 0.125% hydrogen peroxide; and
(2) 75% 2-propanol, 1.45% glycerol, and 0.125% hydrogen peroxide.
These formulations did not meet the standards of European Norm 1500 (a measure of how much bacteria stays alive on contaminated fingertips after using hand sanitiser). As a follow up, they modified the formulations as follows:
(1) 80% ethanol, 0.725% glycerol, and 0.125% hydrogen peroxide; and
(2) 75% 2-propanol, 0.725% glycerol, and 0.125% hydrogen peroxide.
They also tested different percentages of ethanol and 2-propanol (the most common alcohol active ingredients used in hand sanitisers that are on the market). The test measured virus activity after 30 seconds of exposure to hand sanitiser. If you really want to get scientific, they did this using a suspension of 1 part virus, 1 part organic material, and 8 parts of the disinfectant solution in various concentrations.
The study found that the coronavirus was killed by all sanitiser formulations and dilutions of 40% or more. It also found that it reduced the virus to background levels within 30 seconds. The actual results were as follows:
The virus reduction factor of the two WHO formulations was >3.8, and
The virus reduction factor of the modified versions was ≥5.9.
Furthermore, both ethanol and 2-propanol reduced the virus to background levels in 30 seconds, with reduction factors of 4.8 to ≥5.9, and a concentration of ≥30% of either ingredient was effective in killing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
The authors of the study noted that while 30 seconds is the recommended time to rub hand sanitisers into the skin and was the time used in this study, most people don't use them for that long. The study findings, however, support use of WHO sanitiser formulations in healthcare settings during viral outbreaks, they said.
"Our findings are crucial to minimize viral transmission and maximize virus inactivation in the current SARS-CoV-2 outbreak," they wrote.
Can hand sanitisers be used in place of hand washing?Which is better? Buying hand sanitiser or washing your hands? These are the questions people asked us the most. It’s definitely cheaper and better to wash your hands for 30 seconds at a time. However, supermarkets ran out of hand sanitiser at the start of the pandemic, indeed most stores ran out and the only good quality, alcohol based hand sanitisers you could buy cost an arm and a leg! So… hand sanitiser or hand washing: which is better against coronavirus?
To answer that, it’s also important to understand the roots of hand sanitiser. Alcohol has been used as an antiseptic since at least the late 1800s. Others point to it being popularised in the 1960s when institutions tarted using alcohol-based gel to clean hands when there were no handwashing facilities. Despite the reasoning, until 2009 when the H1N1 swine flu pandemic appeared, you only really found hand sanitiser in hospitals. It was only after that we all started carrying around hand sanitiser in our clutch bags and cars. We all know a germaphobe or two who have obsessively cleaned their hands with antibacterial gel over the years. What you may never have discussed, however, is the alcohol content. That seems to be the number one change in focus since the coronavirus pandemic took hold.
Anyway, as more and more people decided to buy hand sanitisers the more companies produced, with differentiating elements like colours and fragrances, even creating specific hand sanitisers that were safe for babies. Not all of them have alcohol though, and therein lies the problem. The NHS and Public Health England say that if a hand sanitiser has at least 60% alcohol, it will kill most viruses. For a long time, there used to be a commonly used alternative by the name of triclosan, which is a powerful antibacterial agent. It used to be used in everything from toothpaste to soap, but it was banned in 2017 after it was found to cause issues with our endocrine systems. Back to alcohol. Covid-19 is an envelope virus, which means that the alcohol can attack the coating around it. This is good news and is why the hygiene experts have been telling people to buy alcohol hand sanitisers since the beginning of the outbreak.
Having said that, they also advise that people wash their hands with soap and water whenever possible. Alternatively, they advise using hand sanitising gel and then washing your hands when you get back to your “safe space” - which isn’t limited to your house - it can mean your desk, seat on the train, or even plane (assuming the flight restrictions are lifted at some point). The point here is to avoid touching things such as door handles and railings, and anything else you can get away without touching! Use some hand sanitiser before doing anything else, and if you can’t do that or wash your hands, make sure you do not touch your face! This is because viruses - such as Covid-19 - need living cells to be able to reproduce. Keeping your hands away from your eyes, mouth and face as a whole until they are clean will help prevent you from becoming a host!
With all said and done, the best option when hand sanitiser cannot be used is soap and water. Using running water and soap will wash your hands better than using alcohol based hand sanitising gel that you didn’t manage to rub in fully. In fact, soap might not necessarily kill viruses but combined with running water, you are more likely to dislodge viral cells from your hands and flush them down the drain.
When it comes to washing your hands and overall hand hygiene, remember what the NHS says and wash them thoroughly under running water for 20 seconds - or the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice. Make sure you later both sides of your hands, in between your fingers and under your fingernails too. If you’re in public you can even use a disposable towel to turn the tap off before throwing it away.
Can hand sanitiser cause dry skin?Too much antibacterial hand gel can cause irritation and skin sensitivity, by drying out the skin and removing natural oils. Damaged skin increases vulnerability to infection, so hand sanitisers, like most things, are best used in moderation – and when hand washing is not an option.
What do I do if I get dry skin from using hand sanitiser?We always advise using a great moisturiser if you’re having to use hand sanitiser quite a lot!
Why is it important to have hand sanitiser in the workplace?Hand sanitiser that is alcohol based is especially useful in the workplace because it can help prevent the spreading of diseases and infections. Not only is it good for you and your colleagues, but it also helps protect your company too so they should definitely be on board to buy hand sanitiser for everyone. The last thing companies want is a second spike on their hands so it really is essential to have good quality alcohol sanitiser in your place of work. We advise having your own and also asking your company to have some gel available for anyone who is entering or leaving your premises. At BeYou HQ, our policy is to ensure everyone who leaves the building, even for a few seconds, sanitises their hands before leaving and again upon entering.
The main thing is to help prevent the spreading of infections. In fact, 80% of infections are transmitted by hands so having access to hand sanitiser in the workplace, where handshakes and people from totally different environments are constantly around you is vital. Obviously you should still be washing your hands with soap as much as possible, but when sinks aren't always available an alcohol based hand sanitiser is a great alternative.
As an example, hospitals will have hand sanitiser in every corridor and doctors and nurses will use it instinctively whenever they enter or leave a room. That's because they know just how effective hand sanitisers can be in preventing diseases and infections from spreading. However, it isn't just hospitals, all kinds of workplaces, if not all, should have hand sanitisers - particularly as people return to work after lockdown. Offices, schools, airports, shops, restaurants, cafes, you name it!
Is it unsafe to apply hand sanitiser on a wound or a cut?In short, yes! A minor cut or wound can actually become worse if you use the wrong product. Every time you cut your skin or have a wound, there is an opportunity for bacteria proliferation, which can lead to many different infections - major or minor. using alcohol-based hand sanitiser in a wound will damage the tissue and possibly make the injury worse!
Alcohol and alcohol-based products will damage the tissue inside the cut and make it even more vulnerable to bacterial infection. If you have cuts or wounds, it’s better to find a cream of gel hand sanitiser that is only anti-bacterial without alcohol. That way the tissue won't get damaged, will heal faster, and be cleaned by the antibacterial nature of the hand sanitiser used.