Thursday, February 17, 2011

Prefense Alcohol-free hand sanitizer review and giveaway

Anyone with kids or who deals with kids on a regular basis knows that they are germ factories.  When not incubating germs to pass along to the rest of us, they're almost seemingly actively recruiting germs to take up residence and make them sick.  If they don't have their mouths on things, their hands are sure to touch germy surfaces and then go into their mouths anyway.  A parent would need to frequently re-apply hand sanitizer to offer the best protection.  However, Prefense sells an alcohol-free hand sanitizer that lasts all day long - for 10 hand washings.

That's simply amazing!  In a world with strep, E coli, MRSA, staph and worse floating about, aside from the normal germs associated with colds and flus running through communities, Prefense offers a persistent protection for up to 24 hours - a whole entire day.  To read more about the germs, viruses, fungi and mold that Prefense kills, please see their FAQ page.  Prefense can be purchased in the 1.5 oz or 8 oz sizes and you can even purchase it online at Amazon if a store near you does not carry it. 

My experience with Prefense alcohol-free hand sanitizer

One thing that I noticed right away after application was that my hands did seem wetter.  Alcohol-based sanitizers usually evaporate and dry faster than Prefense did for me.  However, it didn't take long for my hands to dry and when you consider that you are only applying the product once per day, it isn't a negative to have to wait a short minute for your hands to dry. My hands did feel smoother and softer after application.  How does it work, you ask?  When you apply Prefense, it coats your hands with millions of tiny spikes that actually slice the germs to kill them.  Since skin naturally sloughs off, you need to re-apply daily. Talk about germ fighting action!

Prefense alcohol-free hand sanitizer uses

Prefense is safe for kids and it is alcohol-free.  The fact that it is alcohol-free is a huge plus to me since irritated hands may sting with alcohol-based products.  I generally try to find hand lotions that do not contain alcohol for this reason.  I wash my hands a lot each day and particularly a lot when I am handling food while cooking dinner.  It is nice to know that Prefense can withstand several hand washings without the need to re-apply.

Since Prefense specifically kills staph and MRSA, I will recommend it to a friend of mine who has had some issues with those superbugs.  I know she keeps an eye out for products that she can use to protect herself from costly hospital stays and treatment since she has had a few bouts of the illness in the past.  

Another great use that I see would be to make sure my family and I are protected with Prefense before venturing out shopping.  Grocery carts are notorious germ carriers and I have recently read stats that indicate that even the flu doesn't stop some people from going out shopping!  When my son was younger, he often got sick not long after a weekend shopping trip.  I'm convinced it was the germy carts that he was touching at every store. 

Win it!  Prefense is allowing me to giveaway one (1) 8 oz bottle of Prefense.  Here's what you need to do to enter.  Be sure to complete the mandatory entry to ensure that all other extra entries count.  I do check!  This giveaway will run through 2/28/2011 at 11:59 PM Eastern.  Winner will be chosen March 1, 2011 via Random.org.  U.S. entrants only and you must be 18 or older to participate.  Each entry needs to be listed as a separate comment.  Don't leave me one comment for multiple entries. 

Mandatory entry:  Visit the Prefense site and then come back here and tell me which store nearest to you sells Prefense.  You must leave your email or acknowledge that your profile has it listed if you are on Blogger.  I need a way to reach you if you win.

Extra entries:  Connect with Prefense online via social media!  Follow them on twitter (1 entry) or on Facebook (1 entry) or do both and gain two entries.

You also can gain extra entries for following me on twitter (1 entry), being/becoming my fan on Facebook (1 entry), being my Google friend (1 entry - right side bar), subscribing to me by email (1 entry - right side bar) and for tweeting out this contest (1 entry).  If you already follow me, just leave a comment letting me know.  If you tweet, please use this:

Win an 8 oz bottle of @Prefense Alcohol-free hand sanitizer.  1 application lasts 10 hand washings! http://ow.ly/3Yll3 #cold #flu #giveaway

Disclosure:  I received a sample of Prefense for the purpose of this review.  Though I received the item for free, the opinions stated herein are 100% my own.  I did not receive compensation for this blog posting. ** Note:  As of 3/1/2011, Prefenz changed their name back to Prefense.  This blog post was updated to include the name change. **
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