Liquid Foam or Gel Hand Sanitizer – Which is Best?

In today’s environment, it is recommended to wash hands with soap and water for 20-seconds. Water temperature, water quality, and excessive hand washing are factors that can create dry skin by eliminating natural oils. In the absence of soap and water, a hand sanitizer is highly recommended.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers require 20-seconds to dry, and 30-seconds is now recommended for effectiveness. This requires constant reapplication of alcohol on hands and alcohol leaches moisture from the skin in the process. Overuse of alcohol-based hand sanitizers leaves hands dry, cracked and can lead to severe rashes.

The alternative is an alcohol-free hand sanitizer that moisturizes and protects hands for more than 20-seconds. Alcohol-free hand sanitizers made with the approved active ingredient benzalkonium chloride (BZK) are now proven by research to be longer-lasting, gentler, and safer in the battle against harmful germs. The field of hand sanitizer choices is narrowed to an alcohol-free hand sanitizer.

So, which is the ideal hand sanitizer between liquid foam or gel?

This answer lies in how each hand sanitizer is applied.


The recommended method of applying hand sanitizer is:

  • Use enough hand sanitizer to cover both sides of your hands and between all fingers.
  • Rub it in thoroughly to the back of hands, thumbs, between fingers, and under fingernails.
  • Do not touch eyes, nose, or mouth immediately after use.
  • Do not wipe or rinse off the hand sanitizer.

While this sounds manageable, attempting this with a gel hand sanitizer compared to a liquid foaming hand sanitizer produces vastly different results.


Taking into consideration just the delivery format of a hand sanitizer, the difference between gels and liquid foaming hand sanitizers is the use of thickening agents. Commonly used thickening agents to create a gel are chemicals with the ability to increase in volume up to 1,000 times giving gel its thick consistency. Compared to a liquid, a gel has a substantially different tactile feel. After a gel dries on hands, there is a residual sticky feeling.

Gels take longer to dry and as they dry in a hand sanitizer dispenser, they tend to plug the pump or container opening. With the next use, accidents can occur from gel squirting out in all directions. Following the hand sanitizer hand hygiene protocol, the thickness of a gel makes it uncomfortable to saturate underneath fingernails and to not wash it off hands. Gel hand sanitizers are also well known for excess material sliding off of hands and onto floors.

On the other hand, liquid and liquid foaming hand sanitizers have the consistency of water. A clear advantage of a liquid foaming hand sanitizer is that the foam clings while it is being applied. Its bubbly nature is easier to visually gauge how much material is required to completely address the hand hygiene protocol for hand sanitizers. Liquid foaming hand sanitizers spread easily and absorb into the skin, between fingers, and under fingernails.

Liquid foaming hand sanitizer dries faster than gels and leaves hands feeling clean. The liquid consistency of foaming hand sanitizers permits it to be dispensed in a variety of containers including wall-mount units. Liquid hand sanitizer does not clog dispensers making it a safer delivery method.

For these reasons, liquid foaming hand sanitizer is an ideal delivery method.


Alcohol-free liquid foaming hand sanitizer is quite the opposite of soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers. The approved active ingredient in alcohol-free hand sanitizer is benzalkonium chloride (BZK) that is naturally gentle on the skin and has been used in the sanitizing industry for 90-years. BZK is a quaternary ammonium compound that is classified as an organic salt, although it can also be synthesized. Repeated use of BZK in alcohol-free hand sanitizers softens skin, does not sting, is non-toxic, and is eco-friendly.

In early 2020, Dalrada Health Products’ GlanHealth™ recognized the inevitable overuse of soap, water, and alcohol in hand hygiene protocols. The Company produced a complete line of highly effective, long-lasting alcohol-free, advanced moisturizing hand sanitizers as alternatives for people around the world.


GlanHealth™ hand sanitizers do not sting and the advanced moisturizing liquid foaming hand sanitizer containing BZK is naturally gentle on skin with repeated use. With water-based liquid formulations containing aloe vera and other gentle silk proteins that replenish moisture, GlanHealth™ hand sanitizers leave skin feeling refreshed and soft.

The science breakthrough behind GlanHealth’s alcohol-free liquid foaming Advanced Hand Sanitizers and natural sanitizing wipes provides a microscopic, nano-thin layer of germ-killing protection that takes effect in 15-seconds and lasts for up to 4-hours per application. Using less product to achieve effectiveness on harmful germs is time-saving and cost-saving.

GlanHealth™ provides people of all ages peace of mind and more time to focus on living.

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