Hand Sanitizers: The Real Rub
The hand sanitizer is not just for hospitals anymore, but a great product for promoting your brand. Businesses from all industries now supply their customers with hand sanitizer as a means to promote safe health. Hand sanitizer was first created in the 1980's by GoJo USA to help workers remove the graphite, tar and carbon from their hands after working in the rubber factory. Today, we have come to depend on the hand sanitizer in everyday use. Hand sanitizer is commonly used and a well known item; making it an excellent choice as a promotional giveaway.
Are hand sanitizers effective? Yes, they are effective when used properly. A hand sanitizer's main ingredient is ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol. Ethanol can effectively kill 99.9% of germs and can help prevent the spread of bacteria. If considering a hand sanitizer on a carabiner or keychain, be sure to confirm the ingredients. Most hand sanitizers contain at least 60% ethanol, anything less and you may have a 'watered-down' version that is less effective.
Using hand sanitizer correctly is the only way to know it's effective. It should be applied to all parts of your hands: this includes targeting under your fingernails where most germs tend to live. Don't just give away a hand sanitizer product at your next event, consider providing a fact sheet or a 'how-to' with the product to show your customers you aren't just about promoting your brand, but also promoting good health.
What's the best setting for hand-sanitizer giveaways? Actually any event or setting is a good time to consider a hand sanitizer giveaway. As we mentioned earlier, it's not just for hospitals anymore and today people are used to seeing a public hand sanitizer dispenser in most business settings. Ideally, if you are in the healthcare industry, hand sanitizer should be a part of your marketing campaign. Since you promote health, make sure your marketing approach is aligned with your brand or services. Even if your company is not healthcare-related, if the services you provide require direct contact with people, hand sanitizer can be a great promotional item. More importantly, unless your customers have an allergy to alcohol, a nifty tube of hand sanitizer with your decorative logo or slogan will be used.
There are a variety of hand sanitizers on the market. Choosing one brand over another generally comes down to the contents of the product (remember: at least 60% alcohol) and the design of the packaging. Hand sanitizers will range in price. Including a unique rubber casing and belt loop or a sturdy carabiner will certainly add to the cost. There are now spray-on hand sanitizer's and others with inviting fragrances to cover up the smell of alcohol. The best part is that the shelf life of most hand sanitizer products is two years! This means that you don't have to worry if you don't give them all away at once (though we're sure they will be popular). You can store them and give it out your next event.
A promotional hand sanitizer is not just for companies providing health care services; it can be a great giveaway for any customer-base. It's a product that won't break the bank, can be very useful to your customers, is long lasting and promotes good health!