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Creating a promotional giveaway with custom-branded products is a wonderful way to gain attention. A promotional giveaway is where a business gives away free products featuring its company logo to customers and potential customers to attract new business and build customer loyalty. It’s a way that allows you to connect with your current customers, and attract the attention of potential new customers.
Promotional giveaways are a low-cost, yet effective way to leave a lasting impression and keep your brand on the minds of your target audience. It’s cheaper and more effective than standard advertising and allows you to connect with your target audience.
Most people keep a promotional gift for an average of one year or longer depending on the product. Something like stainless steel drinkware or an umbrella will last for years, giving you extended exposure.
In addition to keeping your name on the minds of your customers, it’s a great way to attract new customers. Others will see your custom product being used, and it will pique their interest and prompt them to reach out to your company to inquire about your business and its services.
Promotional giveaways are ideal for showing your customers how much you appreciate them and their business. When people feel appreciated, it will increase their loyalty to your company. Items that people can use every day, like custom drinkware, is a great way to keep your name front and center so your brand is ever present on their mind.
While most custom products are a great way to promote your brand, some products do work better than others. Items such as custom bags, drinkware, pens, lip balm, umbrellas, and hand sanitizer are more effective than a one-use gimmick or gad items such as fidget spinners, stress toys, or other items that wear out or break easily.
When considering the kind of promotional product you want to represent your brand, consider long-lasting and useful items. Almost everyone owns a promotional pen or drinkware product. Why? Because they work. For instance, stainless steel drinkware is something that everyone can use, and use often. Drinkware that is versatile and can be used for both hot and cold beverages will give you more exposure than a plastic cup.
You also need to consider your audience. If you are a sports-related brand you might want to use a sports water bottle that can be used during workouts or while playing sports, or even hiking or biking.
No matter what type of business you are in, you can benefit from promotional giveaways. Whether you are attending tradeshows, hosting an event, or just looking for a way to show your customers how much you appreciate their business, promotional products are a winning marketing idea.
Promotional products are also a great way to show employee appreciation. And when you give your employees brand merchandise, they will often give it to a friend or family, giving you even more exposure.
The fall season has arrived, and with it comes the beginning of Cold and Flu Season. If you run a business, you know the importance of keeping employees and families healthy. A sick employee means production will be down, creating a greater workload on your other employees. And the chances of it spreading throughout the office to other employees is almost guaranteed!
Another concern is the holiday season. Staff during the holiday season is always a concern as many people will want time off to spend with family and for vacation, leaving you with a minimized staff. Add to that the spread of colds and viruses leaves you even more short-handed, you will struggle to keep everything flowing as it normally does. With these thoughts in mind, you will want to do everything you can to ensure your employees stay healthy.
A great way to help keep your employees, as well as customers and clients, as healthy as possible is by providing hand sanitizer for everyone to use in your offices. Strategically placed pump bottled hand sanitizers are an effective way to protect people from the germs and bacteria that will run rampant throughout your entire office.
With one at the reception desk, guests and employees alike can cleanse their hands when they walk into your office. It’s also a good idea to have them in the busier parts of the office where employees tend to gather or spend a lot of time. Placing a bottle of hand sanitizer near the copier, printers, breakroom, and restrooms will severely cut down on illnesses in, and out, of the office.
To take precautions even further, consider providing each employee a smaller bottle or two to keep at their desk or in a briefcase or bag so they can use it throughout the day, even when they are out of the office. Take them to clients, leave them with their receptionist, or give them a bottle when they visit your office. Everyone who enters their office will see your company logo and know that you care about the welfare of your clients and customers. With our hand sanitizer under $1, you can easily afford to give everyone their own bottle.
Tradeshows and company-sponsored events are another wonderful way to showcase your brand on hand sanitizer while helping to stop the spread of cold and flu bacteria. With all the hand-shaking and product touching, you need to add a layer of protection to help keep everyone from getting ill. Custom hand sanitizer makes a wonderful promotional gift and is one that all attendees will appreciate. Keeping a pump bottle at your table so your employees and visitors to your table can freshen up is pretty much a necessity.
The more you can do to prevent colds and viruses from spreading, the healthier your employees, business, and family will be. Be sure to stock up so you have plenty on hand. It’s going to be a long winter!
Whether you are a large or small business, creating a presence at a tradeshow can be a cumbersome task. With so many companies promoting their brand, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of booths and displays. In addition to creating an interesting and eye-catching area to draw the attention of tradeshow attendees, you need a way for people to remember your brand after the event is over.
People will spend all day traveling from booth to booth, checking out each vendor to see if what they have to offer may benefit them or their business. After seeing dozens of companies and their offerings, it can be hard at the end of the day to remember which company offered what services. Obviously, you need to have creative and interesting marketing materials on hand for visitors to take with them so they can review your services later. But is that enough?
In addition to printed marketing materials, another way to keep our company on the mind of prospective clients is by giving away promotional items featuring your brand’s logo, so they are reminded of your company each time they use it. Below is a list of some of the most effective promotional products for tradeshows.
Custom lip balm tops our list for several reasons. Lip balm is inexpensive and easy to buy in bulk. You have numerous types to choose from, and a large variety of flavors that can be mixed. Light and portable, it’s easy to carry 1000’s of lip balm into a tradeshow facility ensuring that you have something for everyone who stops by your table. With out Flavor mix option, you can order several different flavors and let people choose the one they like best – meaning there is a good chance they will use it more frequently giving you a lot of repeat exposure.
Talk about a necessity for tradeshows! With all the hand-shaking and people touching your displays, marketing tables, and everything else around you, hand sanitizer is a must-have for any large gathering. Try placing a couple of large 16 oz. pump bottles on your table so you and anyone else visiting your area can freshen their hands as needed. Additionally, you can get up a display of travel-sized hand sanitizers so guests can take one as the leave to freshen up with throughout the day.
You must have pens! Pens with your logo on it are just a no-brainer. They are cheap and affordable to buy in bulk, and easy to carry and setup anywhere you are. Promotional pens are great for tradeshows. People will use them throughout the day and see your logo every time. Will they lose them? Undoubtedly! But that’s ok! Because when they drop one, someone else will pick it up and see our name and logo – and it might even entice them to come visit your display!
There are so many ways to go with drinkware! You have many options and can do so much with it depending on how much you have it your budget. Here are a few top sellers for your consideration:
For the ultimate giveaway, consider a custom tote bag loaded with promotional goodies to hand out to potential clients! You don’t have to give one to everyone who approaches your booth, but instead make them special giveaways to those who really take their time to inquire about your services or products, seem genuinely interested, and are likely to give you a call once the event is over.
Fall is a popular time for local schools and students involved in sports. Football is a mainstay of any school, which usually also includes the marching band on game night. While these are two separate groups, both are considered a sport, and work together during the football season and get a lot of attention from the students, teachers, parents, and other family members. Each club often sells candy, food, and products branded with its name and logo at the concession stand to raise money.
And while you could also do the same, by selling items with your logo and offering the proceeds to the school, or the club directly, another idea is to provide the members with materials (featuring your branded logo, of course) they can use, and often need.
A great way to promote your brand would be to supply these students with a tote bag filled with promotional products featuring your name or logo. Not only does it show that you care about the kids, but their parents will see your thoughtful gift and remember your business the next time they require your services.
Custom drawstring sports packs are a great idea for both the football team and marching band. They are ideal for holding everything a kid in either club needs, and it’s a great way to keep the materials separate from the rest of their school items, so they can grab it and go when it’s time for practice.
Football players will have clothing, shoes, towels, and maybe even a playbook to bring to practice, while marching band kids always have extra items to carry in addition to their instrument. They have band music and folders, instrument accessories, cleaning kits, gloves, shoes, jackets, and more. And if you fill them with useful items featuring your logo, you are sure to be noticed by their parents and teachers as well!
A sports bag is a great choice for these students. With the drawstring closures that also serve as handles, they can easily wear it – even while marching if needed! Our best-selling Non-Woven Hit Sports Pack sells for as low as $1.19 per piece and offers a large 8″ W x 9″ H imprint area for your logo, so it will be seen even from the bleachers!
All of these kids will spend a lot of time outdoors, first in the hot sun, then in the bitter cold once the weather turns. There will be a lot of chapped lips! An SPF lip balm (or two) would be a great addition to your bag and greatly appreciated. Starting as low as 33¢ per piece, our These lip balms contain an SPF to help protect young lips from the damaging rays of the sun, and the drying winds of winter.
Having hand sanitizer and a cleaning cloth in their bag is a great idea, especially for the marching band students that share instruments! In today’s world of fast-spreading viruses and your standard cold and flu, keeping your children as healthy as possible is always difficult.
For something unique and memorable, check out our Football Shaped Microfiber Cleaning Cloth. It’s perfect for the football team!
Both of these activities are exhausting and can cause severe dehydration if you don’t have water on hand! Our 20 Oz. Surf Bottle (Push Pull Lid) would make a great addition to your bag, and is something every member needs! Starting at only 73¢ a piece, it’s a small price to pay to keep the kids hydrated.
BPA-free, it holds a generous 20 ounces and comes in a wonderful selection of colors for both the bottles and the lids, so you can mix and match to complement school colors or those of your logo. You can also order an assortment if you want to have more than one color combination!
One thing every member needs is a pen or pencil! There are always changes in football plays, as well as the music and choreography for the band throughout the season. Including a promotional pen or mechanical pencil would be appreciated by the football coaches and band director, as well as the students!
Our Click Pens start as low as 21¢ per piece, and are a great option since they don’t have a cap to lose! Or you can opt for a Mechanical Pencil (46¢ and up). If you want to make an even greater impression, opt for one of our Full-color Imprint Custom Click Pens! Starting at only 33¢ per piece, your pen will truly stand out from the others.
If you put this all together, you can create a fantastic gift package for each child for only $3.67 per child! That’s a small price to pay for everything you get: 1) Knowing that you have provided a useful gift that everyone will appreciate, 2) Peace of mind for the parents, 3) and the huge amount of exposure your company will get when other students, teachers, coaches, parents, families, and more when they see your name and logo all over each item!
New and small businesses have a lot of hurdles when starting out. Advertising your business doesn’t have to be one of them! While marketing is key in getting your name on the lips of potential new clients, you don’t have to break the bank while doing it.
Marketing a new business can be a trying time. Trying to find an effective, yet affordable way to get your name out might feel out of your reach when you first start your company. The good news is, it’s easy to promote your brand on just about any budget! Not all promotional products have to be expensive. While you have a lot of choices that fall in the under $1 category, there are also many custom items you can get for less than 50¢ a piece! Some for even less.
There are numerous products you can customize for 50¢ to $1.00 – custom bags, cleaning cloths, drinkware, hand sanitizer, lip balm, pens, sunglasses, and sunscreen are the most popular. Many of these options even have products under 25¢ per piece! So, no matter how low your current budget is, it’s easy to find a product to help promote your business and get you started.
Putting your logo on pens is about the cheapest item way you can spend your advertising dollars. Pricing starts below 20¢ a piece, making it affordable to buy in bulk and pass them out to anyone and everyone! The great thing about pens is not only will users see your company name or logo as they are writing, but others around them will see it too. And while pens are probably the most easily lost items, it doesn’t mean a loss for you. When one person loses a pen, another finds it, which extends your reach to another potential customer!
The best way for people to remember your name is by repetition, and if you give them a one-use item, they won’t remember you for long. You need to spend your money on products that will be used by potential (and/or current) customers daily so your name is always fresh on their minds.
When selecting a product to customize for your promotions, consider items that people will want to use over and over again, so your company name and logo are repeatedly seen by the user. Don’t bother with items that will be tossed after being used one time. Spend your money on items that will be used over and over again, giving your brand repeat exposure.
One of the hardest things about choosing a product is knowing what to customize. You can put your name on just about anything, but you want to be selective about the products you choose.
The key to a good promotional item is usability. Choosing a product people will use that is also seen by others is very important. It’s also vital to select something reusable, so you get the most bang for your buck. When you buy gimmicky little one-use gadgets or fad items, they usually just end up in the trash before you’ve had a chance to leave an impression on the person who received the item.
When looking for a product to represent your company, you want to choose something that your company would use, or that people might think of when using your customized item.
For instance, dentists and orthodontist clients favor custom lip balm. Almost everyone uses lip balm, and when your lips are feeling soft and moisturized, you tend to smile more. And no one wants you to have a great smile more than your dentist! And with prices as low as (or less than) 35¢ a piece, it’s easy to buy in bulk to pass out to every client when they come in for dental work or to use as a mailout for checkup reminders.
Another example is personalized pens. Pens are great for any business and work especially well for banks, realtors, car dealerships, and other companies you typically associate with signing papers.
Custom drinkware is another great promotional tool that works for any company. Not only does drinkware get a lot of reused, but your logo will be seen with every sip by the user, their coworkers, or other people around them.
Another factor to consider is how portable a personalized item is. If you pass out products with your name on them that can be easily kept on a person, the more likely your logo is to be seen frequently not only by the user but by others around them. Hand sanitizer, lip balm, pens, and sunglasses are a great way to showcase your name while staying within your budget.
The bottom line is, you really can’t afford NOT to promote your business. With so many items with prices below $1.00, it’s one of the best ways to spend your marketing dollars to advertise any company. Get started now at PromotionalWebstores.com!
Promoting your company or brand is one of the most important things you can do as a business owner. Many people think it’s a waste of money, but you can’t rely on word of mouth if you want to grow your business properly.
No matter how awesome your product is, if people don’t know about it, they can’t purchase it or your services. One of the best ways to get your name out to the public is by sponsoring an event.
There are numerous kinds of events you can have, depending on what type of business you are promoting. For sports-related companies, sponsoring a local race, golf tournament, or even holding your own company-sponsored outdoor event is an effective way to get the attention of the masses.
For general businesses, offering to be a sponsor for an event, school, or sports team is a wonderful way to get involved in your community and let people know you are in business.
Let’s take a look at the top promotional items you want to have when sponsoring an outdoor event.
First and foremost, one of the most important items you can have on hand for any outdoor event is water! You want everyone to have a good time, but you don’t want anyone’s day ruined by a trip to the hospital for dehydration! Even if your guests are not participating in sports or any exertion activities, it is still easy to become dehydrated when spending time outdoors.
The easiest way to keep everyone hydrated is of course by keeping cold bottled water on hand. And sure, you can hit the local store and buy cases of water, but why promote someone else’s company at your own event? Have custom bottled water on hand for everyone to enjoy, that also gives you the benefit of your name being on the label!
Another convenient option is a custom water bottle. While this may not provide immediate hydration, it allows guests to fill up the bottle with their own beverage to enjoy during your event. And afterwards, they get to take it home and use it again and again, each time seeing the name of your company on the custom logo imprinted on the bottle!
Company golf outings are a great way to boost employee morale, and while everyone is out having fun, you can advertise your company on a promotional golf umbrella! While umbrellas are typically used while it’s raining, they are also good to have on hand during outdoor events. Golf umbrellas are larger and offer protection from the sun as well as the rain. Sponsoring a golf tournament is another valuable way to market your brand.
Not just for golfing, custom umbrellas are always a good idea to have on hand for any outdoor event in the case of rain. Whether it’s your event or you are participating in a larger event, people will be grateful to protect them in case of rain.
In today’s world, you should never have an event without having lots of hand sanitizer available! It’s inexpensive, fits into any marketing budget, and is a fantastic way to promote your brand during any event. Not only can it be used during whatever occasion you are promoting, but it is small, portable, and can be easily displayed, no matter the venue.
Fill bowls or other containers with hand sanitizer with your custom label, and let attendees grab them when needed. Then they can take home the bottle to use at home or the office later, which will remind them of your event and company.
Lip balm is another item you don’t want to forgo for your event. Being outdoors can take a toll on lips, leaving them dry and cracked, especially if it involves sports of any kind. You can even opt for a lip balm containing SPF to offer protection from the sun.
Custom lip balm is extremely affordable and gives guests another great reusable product they can use during the event and then take with them when they leave. Giving you another opportunity to keep your name, literally, on their lips!
Sunglasses are a must for outdoor events! Even in the winter, the sun can be blinding, and you don’t want accidents to occur during sporting events because people were blinded by the sun causing them to lose sight of whatever their goal is. Even if they are not participating in the event sport, onlookers will be grateful for the protection a pair of UVA/UVB sunglasses will provide for their eyes.
And of course, let’s not forget the custom sunscreen! A necessity for any outdoor event, sunscreen protects your attendees from the harmful rays of the sun. Most people don’t think about bringing sunscreen when they head out to a promotional event, so they will be grateful that you had the forethought to have it on hand in case they need it.
Even if your event is during the winter, the sun doesn’t take days off! Remember, you can get a sunburn even if it’s cloudy outside, so make sure you offer your guests the protection they need.
What about the fads, the gimmicks, the cute little toys with your name on them? Sure, you can go that route if you like throwing your money away! Because that is exactly where that gimmick will end up – in the trash!
No one keeps those cute little fad toys, and if they even make it out of the event, they will either be tossed in the trash when they get home or given to a child to play with until it breaks (which honestly, won’t take long).
So don’t throw away your marketing dollars! Get the best exposure money can buy with a custom water bottle, bottled water, umbrella, sunglasses, lip balm, and hand sanitizer and make your event as successful as possible!
Choosing a promotional product to market your business can be a daunting task. How do you know what item is right for you? There are several things to take into consideration, including the brand you are marketing, your budget, the type of customer you are targeting, and the type of event you are promoting if applicable.
Price, of course, is always a factor when looking for promotional items. Especially if you are a new or small business. The good news is, we have many products that fall under $1 each, and many that are under 50¢ a piece. That’s hard to beat!
And let’s face it – the less they cost, the more you can afford, which is always important especially if you are attending a large tradeshow or sponsoring an event. Every one of our stores (except for the umbrella store), has customizable products starting at prices below 50¢ apiece! With prices so low, it’s easy to be able to advertise your brand or event.
Our Promotional Pen and Hand Sanitizer stores offer the lowest prices overall with pricing starting below 20¢ each, with the Custom Lip Balm and Sunscreen Stores coming in second with prices as low as 32¢ per piece!
Our stores offering Custom Drinkware, Bags, and Cleaning Cloths all start around 50¢, and Sunglasses below 75¢. And while our Custom Umbrellas might be a bit more, the prices are still hard to beat starting around $5.00.
Once you’ve made your selection, you might have questions about the process or questions in general. We have pulled together the most frequently asked questions from our customers, along with a few suggestions to get you started.
Yes, we do! We have promo codes for new and current customers. During checkout, scroll down to where you see Use Coupon Code – enter the appropriate code and hit enter. Your discount will be applied at checkout.
Please note that promo codes are case-sensitive.
new25 – For first-time customers, we offer a $25.00 discount off your first purchase of $200.00 or more (before shipping).
We have 2 promo codes for returning customers only. This code will remove your setup fees. There are however, stipulations for using these codes.
peach – this is for the Custom Lip Balm store only
customer – this code can be used on any of our other stores
flavor – this one is strictly for the Lip Balm Store. On certain products, you will see the option to mix flavors. You simply order the number of lip balms you wish to buy in one flavor, then in the notes section provide a list of the flavors you want and the quantities.
Please be aware that there is a minimum number that must be ordered per flavor. Each product has details listed on its page.
We also offer seasonal coupon codes. In order to receive these codes, you will need to be signed up for our emails. When they become available, we will send out an email with the code, expiration code, and details.
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Absolutely! Feel free to order a sample of any of our products before you buy. For lip balms, you can even order more than one flavor – within reason of course! You can try up to 5 different lip balms/flavors so you can see which one you think customers would prefer.
Just send us an email along with the product number of the product you want to try, and the flavor, scent, or any other option that may be a choice, along with your company name (if applicable), name, address, and phone number.
Unfortunately, the FDA requires that the drug facts and ingredients are listed on each item. You can always order a blank label if you prefer, but a label will be provided on each item.
This refers to the number of colors in your graphics. A one-color imprint means that your logo, or other graphics, is just a one-color image. Two colors, of course, means it has two colors, while a full-color imprint means that your graphics contains several colors to create a custom image.
We always receive a number of questions regarding artwork, and the submission requirements.
We prefer to receive art in an Adobe Illustrator eps (vector) file in either CMYK or PMS (all fonts/typefaces outlined) but will gladly accept electronic art in eps, pdf, tiff, or jpeg files in a PC format. Please keep in mind that artwork with high color saturation will print with better quality. All art with halftones, screens, fades or blends are subject to our review and approval.
We make it easy! When you go through the online ordering process you will be prompted to upload your logo before checking out. We also have a NOTES area where you can provide us with additional information about your art if needed.
Alternatively, you can email your logo to us before you order and request a FREE PROOF. Be sure to tell us which product you would like a proof for, and let us know if you need to make changes or add to the art file you are sending. Our email address is email@example.com.
Once you place an order, we will keep a copy of your artwork on file, so you can quickly and easily reorder your product, or even another item using the same artwork.
Absolutely! Every order comes with a free proof that must be approved by you before the order will go to production. Once you place your order and submit your artwork, we will send it to our designers to create a mockup of your custom product. We will then email it to you to proof and authorize. Simply reply to the emailed proof and let us know you approve.
Once we receive your authorization, it will be sent to production. We do request that proof approval be made within 24 hours of receipt to maintain your ship date.
Production times are noted in the description of each product. If available, rush production times will be noted as well, including the time frames and additional pricing if applicable. Special art submission and proofing time requirements may apply.
All of our products are shipped using UPS ground shipping within the continental USA. The production time depends on the product and is noted in the product details. Once you have your order in your cart, select “Estimate Shipping”.
Your available choices along with pricing will pop up, and you can choose the speed you desire. Many of our products, including all of our lip balm and sunglasses, are offered with free shipping for up to 3,000 pieces.
We do! Every order comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are unhappy with your order, we will refund or rerun your order. Should you have any problem with your order, please contact customer service at 1-800-974-3611 within 15 days of receipt.
We advise opening your merchandise as soon as it is received for review, even if you do not intend to use it right away. Should you find a defective product, a UPS call tag will be issued immediately.
Should you have any other questions we can answer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before the pandemic changed our lives, how many of us really ever thought about hand sanitizer? Not many unless you worked in a medical environment. Over the last two years, it has become one of the must-have items in our daily lives, at times being the reason for some crazy panic buying! In the US alone the hand sanitizer market was worth over 4.3 billion USD by the end of 2020 and is forecasted to grow a further 3.6% over the next 5 years.
Now you won’t say this too loudly, but there are signs on the horizon that the world might be returning to normal. Or at least a version of whatever normal is or was to us all. The numbers of worldwide infections have decreased over the last few weeks, a pattern mirrored in the US and much of Europe. The number of individuals vaccinated is ever-increasing and many countries are starting to lift all signs of restrictions. So, does this all mean we no longer need this once essential product?
Many people work from home today. For some this is how they have always worked, for others, it became necessary during the pandemic. Working from home has its positives, but it does have its downside. It can be quite a lonely way of working. Interacting with the same four walls every single day and only speaking to people via a computer screen or phone.
But as restrictions are being lifted there are murmurings that some countries are now looking to live with the virus. Many are starting to venture into the office more and more, once again.
Working from home, spending time out in the world is often a treat. During the pandemic, shopping was only a necessity, and coffee and dinner with friends was a luxury. For many, shopping was done online for delivery to eliminate any unnecessary contact with others who may or may not be ill. Not everyone adheres to the recommendations of the CDC, and although hand sanitizer was available at every store, not all took advantage of it. Even being around someone with a cough would often send people into a panic!
Saturday hits and you have plans with friends or family. Coffee out, a trip to the shops, and then an afternoon of chores while the weekend’s sport is on in the background. Then if all goes well, you plan to meet some friends for dinner in the evening.
But when you wake up, you just don’t feel yourself. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but something is not quite right. Trying not to dwell on it, you start your weekend with all the excitement that it brings knowing the working week is behind you. Lunchtime arrives, and wait. That can’t be, can it? Did you just cough?
The coughing gets worse over the next couple of hours, so you decided to take a Covid test. Because that is what we have become programmed to do. You find the at-home kit you have and follow the instructions to the letter. You need to be sure after all! You get ready to wait the fifteen minutes out staring at this test, but after just three minutes your heart starts to sink. Surely not. It can’t be, can it? Those two red lines appear. Oh no you have Coronavirus!
Later that evening the cough becomes more prominent, your joints begin to ache, your nose starts to run, and you become congested. The hot and cold feelings come and go every few minutes and you feel awful.
But you thought the pandemic was coming to an end? You are double vaccinated and for so long during this pandemic, you were so careful when you were out. But habits have slipped. you have become too relaxed! Maybe Coronavirus will never go away and we are all going to have to live with it. Along with Flu, the common cold, and many other little bugs that try so hard to bring us down!
It could have all been prevented. Simple really. Using hand sanitizer. You don’t even know why you stopped using it. You have been so careful throughout the pandemic. Maybe it’s “Covid fatigue” or you just started to believe (or wanted to believe) it was all going away. Let’s be fair, it’s been two years and we are all sick of it! (Yes, that was a joke!)
Your journey out into the world brings so many opportunities to catch the infection. The hundred passengers on the train or bus, and the ones who sat in your seat before you did. The coffee barista who handled your coffee. The hundreds of people you interacted with throughout the day. Endless opportunities.
We can never control what everyone else is doing, but we can control what we do. And while we all learn to live with Coronavirus and all the other bugs out there, we can take one simple precaution that would have saved you from a rough week in bed. Regularly sanitizing our hands. A good thirty seconds would have saved your whole week. Seems silly now, when you look back.
Don’t let those exciting times on the horizon be stopped by not continuing to do the little things like regularly washing your hands with soap or water, or using hand sanitizer when you are out and about. That quick 30-second habit might just allow you to enjoy that holiday in the sun, the concert that has been postponed three times, or that meal out you have been looking forward to for months with your friends.
There’s no doubt the hand sanitizer industry took a swift turn in recent years, and justifiably so. There are germs everywhere! Potentially everything you touch has germs that can cling onto your hands, clothes, and anywhere else really.
Washing your hands is certainly the recommended action, however, that is not always the most practical solution. You might be out shopping, riding a bus, or someplace else where you can’t safely wash your hands, that’s where hand sanitizer comes in. Its mobility and size allow us to take it anywhere, and with just a few drops, your hands are clean and germ-free.
An effective hand sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol to effectively kill the germs and bacteria needed to keep your hands sanitized. However, there are significant differences between cleaning your hands with soap and water and using hand sanitizer. And depending on the situation, hand sanitizer might be the better choice.
Soap and water are a great combination to remove all or most germs. On the other hand, sanitizer, containing at least 60% alcohol, kills up to 99% of all germs and bacteria – it doesn’t just wash them off. That said, while hand sanitizers might be great for killing germs, they don’t work as well when it comes to cleaning your hands from chemicals or even pesticides. Knowing when to use hand sanitizer and when to wash your hands can maximize your protection against germs and other components that might not be good for you.
During the past couple of years, the hand sanitizer industry has grown tremendously due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Revenues of hand sanitizer grew to $92.3 million in 2021 and are expected to grow another 6-7% in the following years. While the virus may seem to be leveling off, people are still hyper-vigilant about their health and protecting themselves and their families.
Everyone knows the basics of using hand sanitizer correctly. But are you using it correctly to ensure its effectiveness?
With hand sanitizer, there’s no need to combine it with water as the gel is simply absorbed by your skin. The first step is to make sure there’s no organic matter in your hands, or at least visible matter, such as dirt. Be sure to clean off any visible dirt and grime with a clean cloth before applying the hand sanitizer.
You don’t need to use a lot of hand sanitizer, just squeeze a small amount about the size of a nickel to a quarter into the palm of your hand, depending on the size of your hands. Then rub your hands together repeatedly, making sure you cover your entire hand and fingers up to about 2 inches of your wrist. Continue until you don’t feel any gel remaining and your hands feel dry.
One of the best things about hand sanitizer is that you can use it anywhere! It doesn’t require water, takes less time than soap and water, and doesn’t require a towel to dry afterward. Hand sanitizer works quickly and kills most germs and bacteria leaving your hands clean and germ-free.