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Battle: hydroalcoholic gel vs aquama®

Posted on01/28/2021

It can be found everywhere. Some people cannot live without it, as if it were the one and only solution against the Covid-19 pandemic... Today’s issue is indeed the hydroalcoholic gel! Didier Pittet, a Swiss epidemiologist, invented the gel about thirty years ago for the University Hospitals of Geneva, especially to avoid nosocomial infections. Nowadays, in combination with the mask, gels seem to be the only solution to protect ourselves against the coronavirus. If hand sanitizing gels have bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal properties, so does aquama®! What is in fact supposed to be so good about gels in comparison with our totally natural solution? Let us battle and compare!

ROUND 1: Composition!

Hydroalcoholic gel: Even if gels no longer contain triclosan, a well-known endocrine disruptor, the major disadvantage of any hydroalcoholic gel is the fact that it has alcohol inside which is likely to become irritating, especially for sensitive skins, prone to eczema. Furthermore, there are scented versions of the virucidal sanitizing gel that may contain allergens. Please avoid them as much as possible in case you have allergies.

aquama®: Whoever said a virucidal sanitizing gel that is natural and non-toxic does not exist? There is aquama®, a solution produced only with water, salt, and electricity. The hydrolysis process binding these elements creates a 100% natural cleanser that can even be used on most sensitive skins with a maximum of effectiveness! In fact, the aquama® solution meets the European bactericidal, fungicidal, sporicidal and virucidal standards (EN1276, EN13697, EN1650, EN13727, EN17126, EN14476 and EN14476+A2) and has also been certified by the FOPH (FOPH / BAG CHZN5805 / CHZA0023) attesting that it is perfectly effective against Covid-19.

Result: aquama® wins 1 to 0 against hydroalcoholic gels

ROUND 2: Production!

Hydroalcoholic gel: Besides the industrial manufacturing processes which are all bad for the environment, "home-made" hydroalcoholic gel recipes have flourished on the web to make up for the lack of stock at the beginning of the pandemic. But there is a catch: recipes based on essential oils in particular "have not proven to be effective" according to UFC-Que Choisir, the French consumers’ group defending and reinforcing the rights of consumers. The World Health Organisation had once even published a recipe for a hand sanitizing gelon its website. However, handling such ingredients can turn out to be risky, but the WHO had also specified that the recipe was primarily intended for pharmacy professionals!

aquama® solution has been designed to keep your carbon footprint as low as possible and to be made by yourself directly at home, meaning less logistics and never running out of stock! Our Freedom S® even allows you to take your virucide solution wherever you go and to easily recharge it in your car via USB key. Sprinkle your hands before touching the steering wheel, friction them thoroughly, including all fingers and both thumbs, and off you go, well protected! For those who tend to be in a hurry, our ready-to-use sprays are just as effective.

Result: aquama® wins 2 to 0 against hydroalcoholic gels

ROUND 3: Use!

Hydroalcoholic gel: You have certainly noticed that using sanitizing gel can turn out be quite troublesome… If you press too hard, you are bound to splatter the liquid all over your clothes, right down to your shoes! If you do not press hard enough, the little droplet in the palm of your hand evaporates quickly due to the ethanol inside and you do not even have enough time to rub it on your skin!

aquama® solution is only made up of water and salt, so there is no risk of too quick evaporation! The aquama® spray bottle will sprinkle just the right amount of liquid you need to completely disinfect your hands! No wastage and no risk of staining your clothes: all you will feel is the slight sensation of water mist and the assurance of effective protection against the virus.

Result: aquama® wins 3 to 0 against hydroalcoholic gels

ROUND 4: Users!

Hydroalcoholic gel: Do not swallow, keep away from flames and out of the reach of children... Such are the warnings to be read on most of the hand sanitizing gel bottles which shops, and public places nowadays often put at your disposal… at the eye level of children. This has been the cause of quite a few accidents. In France, the Ministry of Health has warned of the many dangers of misuse of such hydroalcoholic gels: between May and August last year, 63 cases presented severe eye symptoms due to accidental spraying of the gel on mostly 4-year-old youngsters: 20% of them were sent to the hospital emergency ward. So please be careful when handling gels!

aquama®: None of our machines or spray bottles need hazard warnings or pictograms. Our 100% natural solution is non-toxic and can be used without any health hazard by young and old alike, even the most fragile amongst them. Due to extensive laboratory tests, aquama® has proven to be safe even in the unlikely event of skin or eye contact, inhaling or ingestion!

Result: aquama® wins 4 to 0 against hydroalcoholic gels

ROUND 5: Cost!

Hydroalcoholic gel: Last April, the Swiss authorities set maximum prices for hydroalcoholic gels to keep them affordable. The maximum price allowed is 2.50 francs for a 100 ml bottle, 3 francs for a 250 ml bottle and 4 francs for 500 ml.

aquama®: our solution wins again triumphantly! When you fill up your spray bottle via one of our professional machines, the aquama® virucide solution costs 50 cents per 100 ml (only 4.98 francs per litre).

Result: aquama® wins 5 to 0 against hydroalcoholic gels

So, if after this checkmate victory you feel like giving the aquama® solution a try, feel free to have a look in our online shop right here.