Updated: Oct 1, 2020
Before Covid-19 made it's way to the UK, alcohol hand sanitisers were widely available and cost effective for a majority of the population. When the virus started to spread, these were the likely key factors that contributed to their recommendation along with their performance against germs and bacteria.
At the start of the pandemic UK government advice followed the WHO guidance, stating: "Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available."
This advice regarding alcohol-based sanitisers is absolutely right. If you are using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, you need to ensure that it has an alcohol concentration higher than 70% to be effective (advice correct at time of posting).
This however does not take into account alcohol-free alternatives, it was not believed that alcohol-free products could be effective enough against different types of virus and bacteria. This was the stigma and claim a lot of companies and manufacturers that produced alcohol-free alternatives had to fight against.
But first - why shouldn't I use alcohol sanitisers?
Alcohol hand sanitisers have their drawbacks, especially for those on the frontline such as doctors and nurses who are expected to be using this multiple times throughout the day. Alcohol-based sanitisers provide quick kill rates however they evaporate quickly once on your skin, therefore not providing hands with any residual protection. They are also notorious for being harsh and drying on your skin, a problem that's even worse for those who are suffering from sensitive or dry skin conditions.
What are the benefits of alcohol-free sanitisers?
Following on from the points made above, alcohol-free sanitisers are kinder to your skin and therefore are suitable for repetitive use even on dry skin. It's also a great alternative for a large demographic who have been left out following the advice of using alcohol hand sanitisers – those who don't feel comfortable using alcohol-based products for religious or personal reasons.
Are all alcohol-free sanitisers the same?
We can't speak on behalf of all alcohol-free sanitisers, just like their alcohol-based counterparts they can come in many different varieties.
Then what makes MYDIS so special?
"If MYDIS doesn't have alcohol - how does it kill viruses?"
Our alcohol-free formula uses hypochlorous acid (HOCl), HOCl is a weak, naturally occurring acid that is generated when white blood cells attack harmful bacteria and is harmless to the human body. It can also be made by combining non-iodinated salt, water, and electrolysis. Optometry Times called HOCl "the perfect weapon to fight germs... this powerful weapon is 100 percent safe for humans, chemical free, non-toxic and all-natural".
HOCl works by penetrating and destroying the cell wall of microbes and viruses, chemically deteriorating their protein functionality and causing the cells to start dying. HOCl is widely used in South Korea against Covid-19 to disinfect everything from food, to people, to their transport systems and has shown to be very effective in doing so.
"How does HOCl compare to other common disinfectants such as bleach?"
HOCl and bleach are actually from the same chlorine family - research has shown that they both kill bacteria, fungus, spores, and viruses, with the main difference being that bleach is highly irritating to the eyes, skin, and lungs and over long periods could be carcinogenic. HOCl however has a temporary, chlorine-like smell that dissipates quickly and is non-irritating with no harmful side effects.
"How effective is MYDIS?"
MYDIS has been tested by UKAS accredited labs and has received the following certificates:
EN14476 (Quantitative suspension test for the evaluation of viricidal activity in the medical area)(Within 60 seconds ± 5 seconds)
EN1276 (Proof of effective infection control against harmful micro-organisms)
EN1650 (Anti-fungal efficiency of chemical disinfectants and antiseptics used in food, industrial, and institutions)
EN1500 (European Standard test method to evaluate the efficacy of a hygienic handrub)
We hope that this helps cast away any doubts or hesitations you may have when it comes to our alcohol-free products. Please feel free to reach out to us with any additional questions you may have, we're more than happy to help and provide more information about MYDIS!