What does a hand-sanitizer actually work on?

Our hand sanitizer is made out of:

ingredients of haan

The key ingredient is alcohol (65%): it attacks and destroys de viral capsid surrounding most viruses and germs which is indispensable for their survival and multiplication.

Alcohol kills germs and virus

Other components such as aloe vera or fragrances, makes it not only effective, but also hydrates your hands and makes them smell good. Not enough with good news? Here’s one more:

Standard alcohol-based hand sanitizer (ie. alcohol content of 60%) only kills certain microrganisms.

The viruses a hand-sanitizer kills
Does it really kill all the germs?

Indeed, it is true that it kills 99,9% of the germs, but there is a twist: depending on the regulations for each country, we can communicate it one way or another. The difference is if it has been registered as a cosmetic or a biocide. In fact, HAAN is cosmetic in some countries and biocide in others, purely legal aspects!

What is the difference between soap & water vs haanitizer?

The best way to keep your hands completely clean and prevent the spread of infectious diseases is to wash your hands with soap and water. This combination removes the grease that can hold germs on your hands and it destroys the barriers of all types of viruses.

soap vs haan

Hands can get very greasy in common activities: after people handling food, play sports, work in the garden, or go camping or fishing. When hands are heavily dirty, hand sanitizers may not work well whilst soap and water do. The same happens when talking about harmful chemicals, like pesticides and heavy metals.

When use HAAN then? Our hand-sanitizer is a practical alternative when soap and water are not available as it also offers protection against disease-causing germs.

The perfect situation is in environments without water and soap access. Imagine yourself in the street, working in the office, right before eating or right after touching a public surface. As well in places like hospitals, where there is no dirt but a lot of germs going around.

Situations when to use hand-sanitizer
How to use it?

If you use one of our sprays, as you would with soap and water, you should make sure that you cover the entire surface of the hands (including the space between the fingers, wrists, palms, back and nails) and rub for at least 20 seconds to obtain a thorough cleaning. When used correctly, it can inactivate many types of microbes but keep in mind to use the right amount and do not rinse!

How to use correctly a hand-sanitizer


CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Manal Mohammed (Lecturer, Medical Microbiology, University of Westminster)

Benhur Lee (Professor in Microbiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)

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HAAN founders explain company situation regarding Covid19 and promote soap like the perfect hanitizer at home with a short video

We want to be completely honest, we weren’t ready for this situation, no one was. This situation has come as a surprise and has caused that we run out of stock of our Hand Sanitizer, since it is one of the most demanded products right now.

Two years ago, we had the idea of creating a product that could be helpful for our daily life out of our homes, providing an easy and handy way to wash our hands without the need of using water. This philosophy is strongly united to the B face of our business: creating wells in Africa to fight against the global water crisis, where you contribute by buying one of our hand sanitizers. We didn’t think that this product, that was unknown for many people before the Covid-19 outbreak, would basically become an essential good right now and is about to become a daily habit in our lives after this crisis.

For all these reasons, we want to send you the following message: don’t worry if you don’t have a hand sanitizer right now, since probably most of you have available a cleanser as effective as the hand sanitizer, which is water and soap. We want to encourage you to continue using this traditional hand-washing method, that we think it is the best option to sanitize our hands when we are home. If you have a hand sanitizer, use it when you are outside, if you have to go to your work or grocery shopping, but don’t waste it at home when you have soap.

You will probably be tired of hearing the same sentence at this point, but the best way to avoid spreading and getting infected is not by using a hand sanitizer, but by staying home. By being home and washing your hands with water and soap you will be contributing to slow down this global crisis and will help people at risk reduce their possibilities of infection, you will help health workers, public transportation drivers, supermarket employees, and many other people who are risking their own health for us. The hand sanitizer is not the solution to this crisis, the solution is being responsible, being empathetic and being aware that our collaboration is completely necessary.

Right now we are working non-stop to have stock available as soon as possible and be able to supply our retailers, mostly thinking about being your sidekick in our process of going back to our normal lives. We may think that this moment will never arrive, but it will. We want to help you make this process easier, making you feel safe when we can finally leave our homes. We also want to send you our support during this situation, we know it won’t be easy but this sacrifice will help us be able to return to our normal lives sooner and in a safer way.