How to safely store hand sanitisers

How to safely store hand sanitisers

We have gotten feedbacks from our customers that after a few months, thier hand sanitisers thickens and the colour changes to pale yellow. We have investigated these cases and found out that it was due to storage errors. 

In this article, we will be advising you the recommended way of storing your hand sanitisers.

At home

Our hand sanitisers are made of natural and plant based ingredients. We have ensured that the expiry of our hand sanitisers will sustain for at least 2 years. 

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) advises members of the public to be aware of how to use and store alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

Alcohol-based hand sanitisers are generally flammable especially if they contain a high concentration of alcohol (above 60%). Nevertheless, the risk of flammability is low if the hand sanitiser is used and stored properly. 

When using alcohol-based hand sanitisers, make sure that you rub the product all over the surfaces of your hands until your hands are dry. This is to avoid having any alcohol remaining on your hands and exposing yourself to fire risk should you be near any open flames.

Alcohol-containing hand sanitisers should be stored in a cool place. They should not be kept in places near open flames and heat, particularly for those in bigger volumes (more than 100ml). They should not be kept in direct sunlight.

Always ensure that the lids and caps of the hand sanitisers are properly sealed. This is to avoid leakage onto other items (e.g. pockets, clothes, bags, vehicles and bedding) which may become a potential fire hazard.


In Car

While you may have seen rumors circulating on social media that hand sanitizer can "explode" in a hot car, you won't end up with a fire on your hands if you keep a bottle stashed away. For hand sanitizer to explode, the temperature would have to reach almost 700 degrees Fahrenheit (371 degree C) to start a fire.

However, you should avoid leaving hand sanitizer in direct sunlight in a hot car. Hand sanitizer needs to have at least 60 percent alcohol content to be effective. Prolonged heat and sunlight exposure can make the hand sanitizer less effective because the alcohol can evaporate. In order to avoid any potential degradation of the sanitizer's quality, you should keep it away from direct sunlight if you're in the car for a long period of time.

Although keeping hand sanitizer in a hot car won't cause a fire, you should always be mindful of where you store it and make sure to keep it away from any open flame. The most important thing is to keep it in the coolest space possible. Store it in a cool, shaded, or partially shaded place in your vehicle, and remember that it is not a replacement for soap and water, just an alternative to use when soap and water are not available.


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