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Using Liquid Chalk As Hand Sanitizer?

Updated: Jun 23, 2020

COVID19 has changed a lot of aspects in our life and the way our lifestyle is affected. Yet, as businesses are slowly reopening for dine-in and now gyms are reopening across the country, gym owners are looking for clean, safe alternatives to maintain gym cleanliness and improve staff and member hygiene. A question that pops into many people's heads when they go to a climbing gym, cross-fit, or even weightlifting gym is whether liquid chalk can be used as a hand sanitizer. Given that most liquid chalks are alcohol based it's a logical question but the answer might not be so simple.

What Really Is A Hand Sanitizer?

Hand sanitizer (Alcohol-Based Hand Rub - ABHR) is an effective and convenient way to clean hands and kill germs. Alcohol has antiseptic properties which destroys pathogens by breaking apart proteins, splitting cells, or interrupting the cell metabolism. While you can't just put a little bit of denatured ethanol or isopropyl alcohol in a tube mixed with water and additives. It depends on the percentage or ratio of alcohol to the rest of the product to be the most effective at sanitizing. The most effective is between 60 - 95% alcohol.

Can Liquid Chalk Be Used As Hand Sanitizer?

By definition, a hand sanitizer kills germs and clean hands in the absence of soap and water. In that definition, liquid chalk isn't a hand sanitizer, but can liquid chalk help sanitize your hands before climbing? The answer is yes it can. However, it depends on the percentage of alcohol. People have been asking, “What’s the alcohol content of liquid chalk then?”  Well, current market products range from less than 10% all the way to claims of up to 80%. The answer is ask the brand. You should buy liquid chalk that contains about 60% of alcohol. The rest will be chalk, a few additives, and water.

Should I Buy Liquid Chalk With 80%

While it may seem that the higher in alcohol is the best to use for sanitation, It actually isn't. And, here is why:

70% percent of alcohol is ideal to a stronger solution [80%]. Pure alcohol coagulates protein in contact. Suppose the pure alcohol is poured over a single celled organism. The alcohol will go through the cell wall of the organism in all direction, coagulating the protein just inside the cell wall. The ring of the coagulated protein would then stop the alcohol from penetrating farther from the cell, and no more coagulation would take place. At this time the cell would become inactive but not dead. Under the favorable conditions the cell would then begin to function. If 70 percent of alcohol is poured to a single celled organism, the diluted alcohol also coagulates the protein, but at a slower rate, so that it penetrates all the way through the cell before coagulation can block it. Then the entire cell is coagulated and the organism dies. - Amir Haider

What is Juncture Liquid Chalk's Alcohol Percentage Then?

Juncture's liquid chalk uses 70% alcohol (v/v). It meets the disinfection rate while providing a perfect blend between chalk and water.

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