GH Seal Spotlight: Breathe Hand Sanitizer Spray

Birnur Aral, Ph.D., Good Housekeeping Institute
Photo credit: breathesanitizer
Photo credit: breathesanitizer

From Good Housekeeping

Unlike many aerosol products that use harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) as their propellants, this gentle hand sanitizer relies on nitrogen gas, which is safer for people and the planet.

WHY IT EARNED THE GH SEAL

Our Health & Environmental Sciences experts were impressed with Breathe's and its manufacturer Starco Brands' commitment to innovation, excellence in manufacturing practices and transparency.

  1. EFFECTIVE GERM KILLER. This aerosol hand sanitizer is made with 75% Ethyl Alcohol — which is one of three active ingredients approved by the FDA for use in a consumer hand sanitizer. Independent lab tests confirm it kills 99.99% of germs (including 26 types of bacteria and yeast) within 30 seconds of spraying the product on hands.

  2. POWERED BY AIR. In contrast to many aerosol sprays on the market, which use VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) as propellants, this one uses nitrogen gas to carry the sanitizing liquid onto germy hands. Colorless and odorless, nitrogen gas makes up nearly 80% of the air we breathe (hence the product's name) so it's considered safer than VOCs. Plus, using the product is a breeze according to our at-home consumer testers: 95% of them agreed that it goes on evenly and 99% agreed that it dries fast. "I really liked the lightweight feel and how it dried quickly. And the application is effortless," said one.

  3. GENTLE WITH ZERO STICKINESS. In GH's analysis, an overwhelming majority of users agreed that it's not harsh on skin and won't irritate eyes or nose, when used according to the manufacturer's instructions. "I really loved the refreshing feel of this sanitizer," one tester raved. "It made my hands feel cleaner than traditional gel or spray formulas that can make hands feel sticky and grimy after use. It also didn't irritate my very sensitive skin." Like any aerosol personal care product, such as a sunscreen or deodorant, our experts recommend spraying this hand sanitizer in a well-ventilated area.

  4. HIGH USER SATISFACTION. Our experts and at-home testers love that the aerosol can has a twist locking spray tip to prevent accidental usage or curious young hands from spraying it without parental guidance. This fragrance-free formula comes in three convenient sizes (1 oz, 5 oz and 9.5 oz cans) to make it perfect for on-the-go, home and office use. It also received high marks for satisfaction, with 88% of testers saying that they will purchase it to use in their home or office.


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