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Hands2GO(R) Hand Sanitizer Offers Alcohol-Free Alternative to Stopping the Spread of Flu at School and Work
Date:10/8/2007

LIVINGSTON, N.J., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- With the busy fall season in full swing, Hands2GO(R), the nation's first alcohol-free hand sanitizer, is quickly becoming many parent's first defense against this year's winter cold and flu season. Typically, the flu season begins in October and runs through March.

"Regular hand washing, combined with Hands2GO hand sanitizers and the flu shot are great defenses against the flu this year," said Francine Glick, CEO and founder of Hands2GO. "It's not realistic to go and wash your hands every time you sneeze or cough, whether you are sitting at your desk or at the soccer field. Keeping Hands2GO at your desk or in your gym bag allows you to keep working without disruption and without spreading germs."

Hands2GO is a convenient child-safe product that can be used around infants and the elderly. It can be used as an antiseptic on small scrapes and cuts and will not sting or burn because it is alcohol-free. It is effective in killing bacteria as well as moisturizes and conditions the hands with natural products such as aloe vera, lavender and chamomile with no sticky residue.

Schools and parents nationwide are recognizing the risk of traditional alcohol-based hand sanitizers that have caused alcohol poisoning among young children and are switching to the safer, alcohol-free alternative Hands2GO. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers close to 12,000 cases of alcohol poisoning from hand sanitizers were reported in 2006.

While a number of start-ups have jumped on the alcohol-free hand sanitizer bandwagon recently with unproven claims, Hands2GO is the first U.S. patented industry leader and has been the #1 safe alternative to consumers since 2003. With superior effectiveness and a proven track record, Hands2GO is the only alcohol-free hand sanitizer sold in more than 5,000 retails stores nationwide including Kroger, Babies 'R Us, Toys 'R Us, Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby, Duane Reade, and CVS.com. Made in the U.S. in an FDA-approved plant, Hands2GO is the most effective and established product of its kind and the recipient of numerous awards.

Glick, a former New Jersey banking executive and mother of two active girls, discovered that alcohol-based hand sanitizers caused burning and dryness, especially on young hands with cuts and scrapes. Moreover, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are flammable and contain up to 62 percent alcohol -- higher than vodka. In a committed quest to find a safer solution, Glick turned from bank executive to mom-preneur founding Hands2GO, utilizing her M.B.A. from New York University to its fullest extent.

Hands2GO, with parent company Water Journey, is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Express Make Mine a $Million program. Glick was also recently named The New York Enterprise Report Small Business Award top winner, beating out more than 21 finalists throughout the tri-state area in New York. The award was based on best practices and accomplishments in marketing.

Created by a mom for moms, Glick recommends carrying the convenient alcohol-free hand-sized pumps everywhere you go. "Leave one in the car for the kids' carpools, one in your diaper bag, one at the office, and one in your carry-on bag for travel to use after going through security check," adds Glick. "The uses are endless and the benefit of preventing illness is beyond measure."

Following recent national news citing warnings against alcohol-based hand sanitizers due to child-related alcohol-poisoning events, Hands2GO is poised to grow to become a daily skincare product.

Stop the spread of germs by using Hands2GO hand sanitizer:

-- Apply product to the palm of one hand

-- Rub hands together

-- Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are

dry.

When should you wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer?

-- Before preparing or eating food

-- After going to the bathroom

-- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the

bathroom

-- Before and after tending to someone who is sick

-- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

-- After handling an animal or animal waste

-- After handling garbage

-- Before and after treating a cut or wound

About Hands2GO(R) and Water Journey(R)

Hands2GO is the industry leader in the antibacterial alcohol-free hand sanitizer market and the first-of-its-kind patented product. Manufactured in the U.S. in an FDA-regulated plant, Hands2GO, with parent company Water Journey, is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Express Make Mine a $Million program. Hands2GO is independently tested for product safety, antibacterial efficacy, following FDA standards. It is effective in killing harmful bacteria such as Staph Aureus, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Aspergillus, Candida Albicans and E. Coli. Its unique, non-greasy formula kills 99.99 percent of known bacteria instantly. Hands2GO is formulated with a natural moisturizing blend of aloe vera, chamomile and lavender extracts. Founded in 1997 by M.B.A. mom-preneur Francine Glick and brought to market in 2003, Hands2GO is the only alcohol-free hand sanitizer available at 5,000 retail stores nationwide including Babies 'R Us, Toys 'R Us, Kroger, Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby, Duane Reade, Whole Foods (East Coast) and CVS.com. In addition to home, work and school use, Hands2GO can be sold wholesale to the service industry (hotels, restaurants, health care providers, government, etc.). For more information go to: http://www.waterjourney.com.


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