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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Product Review: Prefense Hand Sanitizer, A Teacher's Perspective

There are two places where hand sanitizer is tested the hardest: the hospital and the classroom. As a teacher with 150 students, I dread cold and flu season and all those germy hands. We have hand sanitizer at our school, but I've found there are several problems with it:
  1. It's goopy, so when a student squirts it onto their hand, it drips all over. It can also become a distraction when kids play with it, or put it where it doesn't belong.
  2. It stings when it gets in cuts (something kids often have).
  3. It dries out your hands. If you're like me, you use hand sanitizer after every restroom break. At school, I use it every time I enter my classroom. My hands become dry quickly, and I have to keep reapplying lotion to keep my hands from cracking--a pain!
  4. Sadly, some of my pre-teens like to "sniff" or "huff" the hand sanitizer the school provides. It has alcohol in it, so it can produce a small "buzz" if sniffed.
For all of these reasons, I have a love/hate relationship with hand sanitizer. But, in a school, it's a necessary evil unless you want to spend all winter sick as a dog!

That's why I was excited to review Prefense. Prefense is a different kind of hand sanitizer as it is silica-based, not alcohol-based. I've found there are several advantages of Prefense compared to other hand sanitizers and once you try it, I’m sure you’ll agree with me:

  1. Prefense contains no alcohol and is made of all-natural ingredients. It’s non toxic and won’t harm you if swallowed, so it’s safe for kids! No concerns about "huffing" either!
  2. The formula will provide continual protection against 99% of germs for up to 24 hours or through 10 hand washings. You can get your hands wet and Prefense will still work to kill germs upon contact! In a school, this made my day--no more repeated applications of hand sanitizer.
  3. It contains soothing organic botanicals that moisturize your hands, instead of drying out your skin like other sanitizers. My hands felt softer after use, rather than dry, cracked and "exposed" as they sometimes felt with traditional sanitizer.
  4. It protects against staph, strep, E.coli, MRSA, and more!
  5. It’s cheaper than other hand sanitizers because at “one spray lasts all day” the 1.5 oz Prefense Foaming Hand Sanitizer offers 120 applications, costing only $0.08 per day, compared to the average $1.20 per day with other hand sanitizers.
  6. It's a foam sanitizer, so no goopy mess, and less chance of my students causing a problem with it!
  7. It has a pleasant scent, too!
I put this hand sanitizer in my classroom along side the alcohol-based one to see which one got used more often. After a week, my students used Prefense much more often than the alcohol-based sanitizer. Several of my students also commented on the pleasant scent, too.

Hands down, I loved Prefense and I'll be getting some to keep in my classroom and in my home!

Where to Buy

Prefense can be purchased directly from their site, at a great price. You can also buy Prefense from Amazon and if you take advantage of Super Saver Shipping or Amazon Prime, you can also get a really great deal on this hand sanitizer.


I will also be hosting a great giveaway for this product, and a couple of others to prepare you for this coming fall and winter seasons.

When the giveaway is live, I will be editing this post to link to the giveaway.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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