Product Development Tips for the Fall’s Hottest Backpack Essential – Hand Sanitizer

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As schools across the country begin to reopen, there are a variety of approaches for re-introducing students to their learning environments. All in-person and hybrid models involve an updated focus on cleaning and sanitization that has given rise to a new back-to-school supply category. As a result of this shift, hand sanitizer products have become one of the hottest backpack essentials on every child’s list this fall. For companies formulating these over-the-counter (OTC) products, there are many product development variables to consider.

Hand Sanitizer Product Development – Tips for Producing This Year’s Hottest Backpack Essential

As a seasoned contract manufacturer, Precise Packaging has been working with customers for over a decade to determine their needs and bring both alcohol and non-alcohol, liquid, gel and aerosol hand sanitizer options to market. We advise customers on the formulation, delivery and packaging options to ensure the safety and effectiveness of aerosol, gel and liquid hand sanitizer products, including liquid pump sprays, squeeze bottles, gel bottles, foaming solutions and aerosol sprays.

Traditional alcohol-based hand sanitizer formulations are the most commonly produced. They feature alcohol as the active ingredient, mainly in the form of either ethanol or isopropyl alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers effectively kill germs and viruses by working immediately on the skin to deliver fast-drying properties.

Non-alcohol hand sanitizers feature antimicrobial benzalkonium chloride as the active ingredient for delivering effective germ protection. Beyond their moisturizing benefits, non-alcohol hand sanitizers also feature a warmer feel. Alcohol based and non-alcohol based hand sanitizers can feature minimalist formulas and also natural ingredients.

Considerations for Hand Sanitizer Packaging

Once the formulation is identified, Precise Packaging product development and packaging experts work with customers to determine the appropriate delivery method for the product. Travel-size hand sanitizer gels present a convenient, portable option that can be easily attached to a backpack. Due to their small size, travel-size hand sanitizers require more accurate fill weights with much tighter tolerances, as well as smaller packaging and dispensing components.

We advise contract manufacturing customers on the proper components required to meet the need for packages featuring gel fill sizes as low as 2 oz., liquid fill sizes as low as 5 ml and aerosol fill sizes as low as 0.25 oz., with valve sizes from 13 mm up to 1 inch. We also advise on factors such as the level and types of active ingredients, selection of appropriate caps for product protection, use of proper actuators to ensure product safety and effectiveness, presence of an expiration date to meet FDA requirements, as well as the overall packaging style and durability.

Since the majority of hand sanitizers feature clear containers, it is also especially critical to add the right type and level of additives to achieve the desired product clarity, color and formulation consistency. From a formulation point of view, the clearer the gel, the better the solubility of ingredients, which results in a more homogeneous formula. Additives may be added to provide benefits such as fragrance and/or moisturizing oil, vitamins and aloe for soothing.

Quality Documentation and Efficacy Claims for Hand Sanitizers

Quality documentation and efficacy claims are critical to ensuring the safety and effectiveness of hand sanitizers. Our facility is EPA, DEP, ATF and FDA (OTC drug and medical device) registered, ensuring the highest standards of quality assurance and control. We are also a Health Canada approved filler and an Organic Certified Co-Packer, with business philosophy and quality operating systems based on ISO 9001 and current Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines (ISO 22716 and CFR 21 Parts 210 and 211). Our formulation and product development specialists can help guide clients through the testing requirements for making efficacy claims such as “kills 99.99% of germs” if desired.

Gel, Liquid and Aerosol Hand Sanitizer Product Takeaways

Hand sanitizers have become a staple product that teachers, parents and children will rely on this school year to kill bacteria and prevent the spread of diseases and contamination during instances where soap and water are unavailable. For brand owners looking to meet this demand, Precise Packaging has extensive experience working with our customers to bring high quality, aerosol, gel and liquid hand sanitizer products to market quickly and efficiently.

Visit our hand sanitizer products webpage or contact us to learn how Precise Packaging can help guide you through product development, formulation, validation/testing, compounding, filling and packaging to deliver high-quality hand sanitizer products for the convenient grab-and-go germ protection that students and teachers require.

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