How long do I need to wash my hands with Zylast vs. another antibacterial soap in order for it to be effective?
Zylast Antibacterial Foaming Soap kills germs in 15 seconds and is persistent for 6 hours, while leaving the skin hydrated. With other antibacterial soaps, you need to wash your hands for a minimum of 2 minutes for the product to be effective, and studies have shown with other antibacterial soaps that it actually does more harm than good to wash for anything less than 2 minutes. The drying effect of most antibacterial soaps can leave hands irritated, creating a doorway for contagions. The irony is that the same treatment being used for protection actually leaves the user more vulnerable to infection!
Zylast has been shown to be 100 times more effective than alcohol sanitizers against the Norovirus (stomach flu) killing 99.97% on contact.
The Zylast technology is a proprietary formula that offers persistence for 6 hours. Alcohol-based sanitizers lose their ability to kill bacteria as soon as the alcohol dries, add about 15 seconds, but the Zylast products will have persistent effects for 6 hours!
While alcohol-based sanitizers have an immediate kill against a wide range of bacteria, they are relatively ineffective against many common viruses. Viruses are a primary cause of disease, responsible for the common cold, stomach flu, and many other illnesses.
Zylast has been shown to be 100 times more effective than alcohol sanitizers against the Norovirus, the cause of the stomach flu, killing 99.97% on contact. BZT and the Zylast actives have also been shown to kill more than 99% of the Rhinovirus (common cold), Rotavirus (diarrhea, especially in children), H1N1, Influenzae, HIV, and Herpes viruses on contact. In order to successfully prevent illness, a sanitizer needs to be effective against both bacteria and viruses.
The benefits and drawbacks of alcohol-based sanitizers are well documented. The alcohol kills more than 99.99% of some germs on contact by dehydrating the bacteria; unfortunately it also has the same effect on the hands. Repeated use often leads to painfully dry, irritated skin that can create a doorway for contagions, and once the alcohol evaporates, the sanitizer is no longer effective. The irony is that the same treatment being used for protection actually leaves the user more vulnerable to infection.
No. Zylast products are all-natural, water-based and DO NOT contain triclosan.
Yes! Zylast is all natural, water based and triclosan-free. It has an unmatched safety profile. We suggest that you make sure the product has dried (about 45 seconds) before allowing babies and small children to go unsupervised as they should avoid hand to mouth contact immediately after application and until the product has dried.
Yes! In independent studies, the Zylast active ingredients were shown to be more than 50% effective after three washings and 40% after six washings. Of course, if you wash your hands with Zylast Foaming Soap you will have reapplied Zylast at 100%.
Zylast will save you money compared to leading alcohol-based sanitizers like Purell. One 8 oz. bottle of Zylast provides the same number of recommended uses as five 8 oz. bottles of Purell!
Yes, all Zylast products are recommended for repeated use.
Unlike alcohol-based products that can be drying and irritating, the patented formula in all Zylast™ products reduces irritation. In fact, the active in Zylast was shown to have no irritation, even when used 100 times a day for 5 days, and actually added moisture to the skin!
Yes! Zylast, when used in schools, reduced illness-related absenteeism by 39%.
There are several major concerns about alcohol-based sanitizers in schools. These products contain more than 60% alcohol, which is highly flammable and has strict storage requirements. In schools, there have been many cases of children drinking the hand sanitizer, either accidentally or on purpose, which is extremely dangerous and often results in trips to the emergency room. In California alone, 2010 saw 2,600 cases of children drinking hand sanitizer. Students have also vandalized dispensers to light the alcohol on fire. For these reasons, many school districts are switching from alcohol-based products and required water-based sanitizers, like the Zylast Antimicrobial Lotion.
Unfortunately, alcohol sanitizers have never been shown to reduce the rates of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) over handwashing alone in controlled, crossover clinical trials. Nearly 90,000 Americans die each year from preventable HAIs, and 1 of 20 patients admitted to the hospital will contract and infection in the hospital. A primary reason for this is the lack of persistence – healthcare workers only wash their hands 40-50% of the time they are supposed to, and without persistent protection it leaves patients open to infection.
In initial clinical trials, Zylast was shown to reduce HAIs by 23.1% over handwashing alone, the only sanitizer ever to show the ability to reduce infections.
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