Liq­uid Hand Wash

Are they an­tibac­te­rial in ef­fect?

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Hand hy­giene is the sin­gle most ef­fec­tive way to pre­vent di­ar­rhoea and var­i­ous in­fec­tions (re­al­ity check: ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous re­ports, di­ar­rhoea hap­pens to be the third lead­ing cause of child­hood mor­tal­ity in In­dia). Hu­man skin pro­vides a favourable en­vi­ron­ment for the ex­is­tence and mul­ti­pli­ca­tion of a va­ri­ety of mi­crobes. The hands/skin come in con­tact with harm­ful bac­te­ria/ germs while us­ing com­mon pub­lic places, pub­lic trans­port, pol­luted/con­tained en­vi­ron­ments, etc. Sev­eral prod­ucts are avail­able for hand hy­giene: bar soap, liq­uid soap, gels, hand sani­tis­ers and foams. The con­ven­tional toi­let soap washes away the germs but does not kill them. Also, the soap it­self can get con­tam­i­nated with germs. To­day, sev­eral hand-wash soaps are/claim to be an­tibac­te­rial and at Con­sumer Voice we pro­ceeded to test pre­cisely this at­tribute with re­gard to liq­uid hand washes. We con­ducted an­tibac­te­rial ac­tiv­ity, ‘zone of in­hi­bi­tion’ and bac­te­rial kill ef­fi­cacy tests in the lab to judge the ef­fec­tive­ness of 10 liq­uid hand-wash brands in re­moval/ killing of mi­crobes/germs.

A Re­port

ma­te­rial also gen­er­ally con­tains per­fumes for their ac­cept­abil­ity among users.

Liq­uid hand-wash prod­ucts are com­monly known to be an­tibac­te­rial/anti-germs. Most of the brands have de­clared their vari­ants as pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion from germs/killing germs/re­mov­ing germs – this is clearly un­der­stood as be­ing ef­fec­tive in fight­ing germs. In ad­di­tion to an­tibac­te­rial chem­i­cals like TCC/TCN, some herbal in­gre­di­ents are also equally ef­fec­tive in re­mov­ing germs, as ver­i­fied in the course of our lab­o­ra­tory tests. All the 10 brands were found to be ef­fec­tive in re­mov­ing/killing germs.

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