SaniTwice® Raises the Bar for Hand Sanitizer Effectiveness
The CDC’s support for waterless hand cleansing during the COVID-19 pandemic has established hand sanitizer as the go-to virus fighter for away-from-home use. Soap and water remains the gold standard but the convenience of the anywhere-handwash drives a much higher level of usage.
A related two-step hand sanitizer protocol, dubbed SaniTwice®, raises performance to “equivalent or superior to handwashing with soap and water…” according to peer-reviewed research published in the Journal of Food Protection (Vol. 73, No. 12, 2010, Pages 2296–2300). SaniTwice® starts with a wash step using the sanitizer as the “soap”. An excess is dispensed to the hands, applying friction more commonly associated with a traditional wash. While still wet, the hands are then vigorously dried with a paper towel. This cleansing step is then followed by a kill step — a second application of hand sanitizer following label instructions.
Anywhere-handwashing, SaniTwice®, brings uncompromised cleanliness to many challenging situations including these five:
- Temporary foodservice such as portable bars and catered events
- Patients in hospitals and nursing homes who are confined to their beds, without access to restrooms or handsinks,
- Farmhands harvesting lettuce and other ready-to-eat foods
- Petting zoos,
- Away-from-home snacking and dining.