Mixing Hand Sanitizer


Using the Even Mix™ Tote Mixer for Mixing Hand Sanitizer

As the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to spread, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) encourage us to wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. When it comes to mixing hand sanitizer, you need powerful technology that can achieve a cohesive mix. Failure to employ the correct mixing can result in materials that are improperly combined, full of air, and inconsistent.

We all know how important it is to achieve the perfect mix and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you use the revolutionary Even Mix™ Tote Mixer to mix your hand sanitizer products.

Mixing Hand Sanitizer

There are several recipes for hand sanitizer, including these guidelines from the WHO.  The basic ingredients are 2/3 alcohol, 1/3 aloe vera gel, and a few drops of lavender or essential oils to make it smell good.  The active ingredients in hand sanitizer ethyl alcohol, or ethanol; isopropyl alcohol, which is found in rubbing alcohol; and benzalkonium chloride, which is commonly used in alcohol-free sanitizers.  According to the Food and Drug Administration, about 97% of over-the-counter hand sanitizers use one of these three active ingredients.  The key is to achieve 60% alcohol content in the final product according to the CDC.  Therefore, you need to have an alcohol containing ingredient with close to 99 percent alcohol by volume. Aloe vera gel (to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol) is the second largest component with 1/3 of the total mixture.  Finally a few drops of drops of essential oil, such as lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead to enhance the smell of the hand sanitizer.

Anyone who’s ever tried to mix hand sanitizer or any other high viscosity material knows that it’s a difficult process due to the thickness. And it’s vital that you achieve the perfect mix or else the sanitizer won’t work properly, and you won’t achieve the correct proportions of the ingredients or have them consistently mixed throughout the container.  We have several customers that are actively using the Even Mix™ Tote Mixer with a second set of blades to ensure that the mixing process is quick and complete.  Note that we recommend using the Air Drive Mixer to avoid a sparking situation.  You don’t want a spark when mixing a high concentration of alcohol.

The last thing you want to do is waste a lot of time, money, and resources on the ingredients only to not be able to mix it correctly and have the product be unusable.  This is why when you’re mixing high viscosity ingredients you need the proper mixing technology to get the job done right.

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