Benzalkonium Chloride comes out on Top.
Over the course of the pandemic, there has been much debate over the efficacy of alcohol-free hand sanitisers. Even when it came to the WHO, they only recommended hand sanitiser over 70% alcohol, which has left many people confused about who to believe.
Once the official test became available, Nilaqua and many other alcohol-free hand sanitisers were tested to be effective against Coronaviruses but there are still critics of Benzalkonium Chloride and other alcohol-free hand sanitisers.
What has happened to help this problem?
Brigham Young University in the United States, hypothesised that the CDC's distrust in alcohol-free sanitisers is because of a lack of research, and they decided to carry out a study to understand this better.
How did they carry out the study?
To carry out the study, they prepared samples of SARS-Cov-2, being part of the Coronaviruses family they all have similar structures. They then presented the samples with Benzalkonium Chloride and several other chemicals which are found in disinfectants.
What were the results?
They found that Benzalkonium Chloride managed to kill 99.9% of the virus in only 15 seconds! Making it just as effective, if not more effective.
What are the benefits of alcohol-free sanitisers?
Benzalkonium Chloride can be used in much lower concentrations and it does not cause as much damage to our skin. Which is a huge benefit for those who work in medical settings.
Hopefully this study will encourage change to government attitudes towards alcohol-free hand sanitisers, because alcohol-free sanitisers can help towards combatting this awful virus, and we need to utilise everything we can.