Love Absolute Essential Hand Spray
A 70 % naturally derived ethanol alcohol solution with aromatherapy oils ‘Tea Tree Blue Tansy and Lemon grass’ plus witch hazel for an effective hand cleanser with a fresh herbal scent- that can be kept handy for travelling and when you are unable to wash hands.
Tea tree is amazing for everyday purposes, as an antiseptic and antiviral with well known and proven properties and is often used topically to treat skin abrasions, acne, bug bites, and fungal problems. It’s useful for cleaning and deodorizing your household.
Lemongrass is another essential oil with well known antibacterial properties, plus combines well with tea tree to calm and support with its actives nerol and geraniol that help support tea tree as an antiseptic.
Blue Tansy is soothing and calming with chamalazuline an antioxidant active that provides a beautiful herbal scent with a balancing aspect to the blend.
Love Absolutes uses Ethanol ( Alcohol) distilled in the U.K. and certified organic by the soil association, cosmetic grade tdsa is one of the more popular cleaners, because it is effective, easy to recover, and food grade.
Since it’s so effective at killing bacteria and microbes, many people are curious why 190 proof (or 95%) ethanol shouldn’t be used over 70% ethanol.
70% Solution is Preferred
Ethanol is diluted to a 70% solution, to be more effective at killing microbes, bacteria, and other microorganisms.
There are two types commonly available in industry, 70% and 95% - also known as 140 proof and 190 proof.
Types of Cleaning Agents
Of all the cleaning agents that are effective at disinfecting; eg bleach, isopropyl, and methanol, ethanol is the only of these that is food grade and safe to use on food-grade surfaces.
Ethanol has a quick drying time and does not leave a residual solvent. It is the safest method of sanitizing in any food or pharma setting as well as for hands.
Use with children should be supervised and like all of the above, it is flammable and should not be sprayed on or near heat or naked flames.
Does Pure Ethanol Prevents Cell Death?
Testing has been done to show that when pure ethanol (at 100%) is poured onto a single celled organism, it will coagulate (clot) its protein.
The ethanol penetrates its cellular wall in all directions. The protein located just within the cell wall is what coagulates. It’s much like a defense mechanism. This ring of coagulated protein actually prevents the ethanol from penetrating deeper into the cell wall of the organism. No more coagulation takes place. Basically, this renders the organism dormant, but doesn’t kill it. If the ethanol were to be washed away, then it’s possible the organism would come back to life.
This process defeats the purpose of using ethanol to kill microbes. Instead, scientists have found a way to trick these microbes with a lower percentage of ethanol
How 70% Ethanol Causes Cell Death
In the same study, when the 70% ethanol was poured onto a single celled organism, the ethanol also caused its protein to coagulate, but this occurred at a much slower rate. This actually allowed the ethanol to penetrate the entire cell before it had a chance for its coagulation to block it. The entire cell is then coagulated, causing the cell to die.
What Microbes Can 70% Ethanol Kill?
The water that has been mixed into the ethanol slows the drying time, creating a longer contact time. Ethanol needs to have a contact time of at least 10 seconds to kill Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. At a 10 second drying time, ethanol kills:
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Serratia marcescens
- E. coli
- Salmonella typhosa
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Streptococcus pyogenes
Perfect for flu season and for protecting hands from viruses while travelling when you are out and about and unable to wash them .
Washing hands with soap and water and sneezing into a tissue and disposing into a bin is still the best way to protect yourself.