You know as well as we do that washing your hands with soap and water is your best bet to help beat the spread of Coronavirus, but if you’re out and about you’re probably wondering where to find hand sanitiser in Perth right now.
While we still haven’t spotted any hand sanitiser re-stocked in Perth’s supermarkets or chemists, a few local heroes have started making their own so you can freshen your digits and support local at the same time.
Our favourite natural skincare store has managed to track down a natural beauty brand making hand sanitiser. Brought to us from Theseeke, this antiseptic hand rub is made with 70% ethanol, as well as lemon myrtle and aloe vera leaf juice to soothe those dry hands.
We never thought we’d see the day that a pint of ice cream came with a bottle of hand sanitiser in Perth, but here it is. Kuld Creamery makes all their ice cream from scratch so figured it wouldn’t be too crazy to make their own hand sanitiser, which is in line with WHO standards in case you were wondering. All you need to do to get your paws on it is order a couple of tubs of ice cream; a bottle comes with every delivery.
Generics Urban Apothecary
If you’re looking for cruelty free hand sanitiser, head to Generics e-shop and score yourself one their 100ml bottles. The fragrance-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free hand sanitiser is made to WHO standards and then poured into a BPA-free, recyclable pouch. But there’s no need to actually recycle it because when you’re done, take it in-store and you’ll get a refill half price.
You might know Wise for their delicious wine, but these guys were also making some good Pisco until a few weeks ago. For now, they’re using that alcohol to make surface and hand sanitiser. They’ve put on extra staff and are working 24 hours a day to churn out as much of the 70% ethanol sanitiser as possible. With capacity to make about 300L a day in their still, they are sourcing local grapes to keep up with demand and they’ve outsourced the bottling to a local family to share the love around. Speaking of bottles, there’s a shortage of small plastic bottles so they are using their 750ml wine bottles. Do not, we repeat, do not mistake this for wine.
Spinifex Hand Protect
While the original plan for Limestone Coast Brewing and SPINIFEX Brewing Co was to join forces to create SPINIFEX Protect hand sanitiser for health care workers and at-risk communities, it turns out they’ve made enough to sell it to us regular consumers too. Made with 80% ethanol and lemon myrtle, it’s free of all nasties like SLS, SLES, parabens, mineral oils, methylisothiazolinone or diethanolamides. It’s also free of asthma irritants and wherever possible is made from natural, plant-based ingredients.
Running With Thieves
Perth brewery Running with Thieves has also joined in on the hand sanitiser action. They're working around the clock and making sure all orders are shipped within two days of being ordered, so grab yourself a 500ml or 1L bottle and you might also want to pick some merch while you're there.
Great Southern Distillery
The team behind Limeburners Whisky, Giniversity Gin and Tiger Snake Whiskey have jumped on board the hand sanitiser bandwagon. They’re supplying it for free to local charities and at a discounted rate to people with disabilities, so jump online and get yours now.
Made by a chemical engineer and cosmetic chemist, you can bet your bottom dollar Madame Sustainable's hand sanitiser does what it says on the bottle. They've got bottles of hand sanitiser as well as phone spray and surface spray. Shipping is free on orders over $100 so get your mates together and put in an order.
A Note On The Effectiveness Of Hand Sanitiser
Everyone seems to be aware that we need to wash our hands with soap for 20 seconds, but for some reason, they still think you can just splash some hand sanitiser on their palms and call it a day.
For hand sanitiser to be effective you need to rub it in until it’s completely dry (30-60 seconds) and, just like when you wash your hands, you need to make sure it’s spread evenly across your entire hand; thumbs and in-between your fingers included.
Hand sanitiser is also less effective if your hands are greasy or visibly dirty, so in that case, it’s really in your best interest to track down a sink and some soap.
You also need to remember that hand sanitisers cannot kill all germs. These ones will be effective against SARS-CoV-2 but there are some pathogens it just can’t kill such as norovirus (a common form of gastroenteritis).
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Image credit: Tim Mossholder