WHAT IS ETHANOL? (ETHYL ALCOHOL)
WHAT IS ETHANOL?
Ethanol, also called alcohol, ethyl alcohol, or grain alcohol is a clear, colorless liquid and the principle ingredient in alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, or brandy. Because it can readily dissolve in water and other organic compounds, ethanol also is an ingredient in a range of products, from personal care and beauty products to paints and varnishes to fuel.
USES & BENEFITS OF ETHANOL
Personal Care Products
Ethanol is a common ingredient in many cosmetics and beauty products. It acts as an astringent to help clean skin, as a preservative in lotions and to help ensure that lotion ingredients do not separate, and it helps hairspray adhere to the hair. Because ethanol is effective in killing microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, and viruses, it is a common ingredient in many hand sanitizers. Practicing hand hygiene is also an important part of helping to stop the spread of any diseases, especially today.
Ethanol mixes easily with water and many organic compounds and makes an effective solvent for use in paints, lacquers, and varnish, as well as personal care and household cleaning products. As an additive to cleaning products, ethanol is also used as a preservative because it is effective in knocking out organisms that could pose a danger to consumers.
As a food additive, ethanol can help evenly distribute food coloring, as well as enhance the flavor of food extracts. For example, vanilla extract, a common food flavoring, is made by curing and processing vanilla beans in a solution of ethanol and water.
Ethanol is highly flammable and should not be used near open flames. Ethanol inhalation can cause coughing or headaches, according to the CDC. FDA has labeled ethanol as a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) substance, which means that a panel of qualified experts determined that ethanol is safe to use in food products. Because ethanol is a very pure form of alcohol, its consumption and use in foods is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
To discourage the drinking of pure ethanol from personal care or cleaning products, a “denaturant,” such as a bitter flavoring, is usually added. Denaturants make alcohol unsuitable for human consumption but do not change the other properties of the substance.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
Both the JOYLEE™ Hand Sanitizer & Disinfectant Spray were developed for use after washing hands or for those times when soap and water are not available. They are gels that contain alcohol in order to kill the germs present on the skin. The alcohol works immediately and effectively in order to kill bacteria and most viruses.
HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU USE?
To use hand sanitizers effectively, place a small amount, the size of your thumbnail, on the palm of your hand, and rub it over your entire hand, including in your nailbeds. If the gel completely evaporates in less than 15 seconds, you have not used enough product.
BENEFITS OF ETHANOL
1) Both the JOYLEE™ Hand Sanitizer & Disinfectant Spray are convenient, portable, easy to use, and not time-consuming.
2) Several studies have concluded that the risk of spreading gastrointestinal (stomach) and respiratory infection is decreased among families who use hand sanitizers.
3) Both the JOYLEE™ Hand Sanitizer & Disinfectant Spray contains natural ingredients that help prevent skin dryness. Using these products can result in less skin dryness and irritation than hand-washing.
4) Studies show that adding hand sanitizers or any disinfectant sprays to classrooms can reduce student absenteeism due to illness by 20 percent. What's more, many kids think instant the hygienic products is fun to use.