Purell / Deb Sanitizer Cartridges? You’re Not Getting Those Anytime Soon! And We Know Why

With hand hygiene being the focus of 2020 and the sudden surge in demand for hand sanitizers, excessive pressure is on the manufacturing and production facilities for sourcing and production of hand sanitizers and its raw material

Duress in the supply chain system is also visible with extended and uncertain delivery times and to make the products available.



Looking at the North American market, sanitizers are disappearing from the shelves faster than toilet papers. And a staggering 477% rise in the sale of sanitizers, reflects the panic mode of the consumers. 

The demand for installation of cost-effective sanitizing stations at organizations like schools, care homes, restaurants, fitness centres etc. has become the need of the hour and essential part of their Covid safety protocol and measurements to continue its operations. 

A global shortage in May of raw materials — including medical-grade ethanol and components for the dispensing cartridges and packaging — have led to delays and, despite increased production, high demand has outstripped supply

-- William Masterson, (Chicago Spokesman) S.C. Johnson & Son Inc.

The company has told distributors to prioritize health-care facilities and first responders.

Purell and Deb Cartridge based dispensers are running dry due to demand outstripping the inventory.

We looked up for these hand sanitizers online and found that till today there is uncertainty on when these essential hygiene items will be available next. Either they are very expensive or not available for use.

It is evident from the screenshots below






Reason For Shortage of Purell & Deb Sanitizer Cartridges

  • Lack of raw material 
  • Aggressive demand, shorter supply
  • Production houses based in the US
  • Hoarding and price gouging by retailer 
  • Health care facilities are in the priority list to receive sanitizer cartridges

Price Gouging & Counterfeit COVID-19 Products

Consumers are facing issues like hoarding and price gouging from major online retailers on essential items

Instances of counterfeit products sold and being called back from the market by Health Canada are on a rise.

 The overall medical and law and order system is under stress.

 Project Purify launched by the Government of Canada prevents the importation of unauthorized or illegal health products at border crossings across Canada.

During this period, over 380 shipments of unauthorized content or counterfeit COVID-19 related goods were detained at the border, including: 

  • 48,000 COVID-19 test kits;
  • 4.5 million units of personal protective equipment;
  • 33,000 prescription tablets and pills; and
  • over 1,500 other intercepts of fraudulent and potentially dangerous products.
  •                                                                            -- Source: Canada.ca

     Gojo Industries (Purell) and S C Johnson (Deb), the parent company to Purell and Deb are based in the US. They are the biggest player in the sanitizer/ hygiene product industry and a major chunk of their production facilities is based in the US for sanitizers. The export is limited as meeting the demand of their own country is on priority.

     The downside of cartridge-based sanitizers is that they produce tonnes of waste for the environment (the plastic bags/ bottles) and are prone to wastage due to residue and small quantities of sanitizers left in the cartridge that is discarded just before changing the cartridge into the waste bin.

    What is the solution?

    Purell TFX dispenser and Deb TF dispensers are cartridge-based dispensing units that require specialized sanitizer cartridges. 

     For organizations other than the medical centre can install refillable sanitizer dispensers for their safety and also encourage hand hygiene among co-workers.

     The most popular refillable sanitizer dispensers that primarily installed at workplaces are 

    Type Of Sanitizers Used In Refillable Dispensers

    There are 3 types of sanitizer formulations

    Gel hand sanitizers 

    • 66.05% Alcohol or Ethanol , with glycerin moisturization for soft hands

    Spray / Liquid Sanitizers 

    • 80% Ethyl Alcohol or Ethanol, WHO Recommended Formulation

    Foam Sanitizers 

    • Alcohol-Free Sanitizers. Especially For Schools

      The type of hand sanitizer a person or organization uses is strictly one of preference. 

      We make sure that all our hand sanitizers are 100% Made in Canada and authorized by Health Canada.

      Here are some general guidelines on each type


      Gel sanitizers typically allow for skin to not be as dry after use and are very effective at being applied.  The downside of gel is that it takes longer to dry and sometimes a sticky residue may persist after drying.

      Spray (Liquid)

      Having become very popular during the Covid-19 pandemic due to shortages of sanitizers around the world, spray (liquid) sanitizers are very effective in both cost and protection.  They provide a crisp spray which can be applied effectively.  The downside of spray is that it may be stronger and may dry out a person’s hands if used continually.

      Foam (Alcohol Free)

      Using a very different formulation than either gel or liquid, foam is very popular in commercial applications because the quantity of sanitizer used is smaller than either spray or gel.  The downside of foam is that it is generally more expensive, is less available in the marketplace and sometimes may leave a sticky residue like a gel.


      The above is the excerpt is taken from our detailed article on Facts About Sanitizers.

      To put things into perspective, we need to invest in sustainable solutions to make our workplaces safe

      Refillable sanitizer dispensers with compatible sanitizer formulations are required at schools, residential apartment buildings, day care homes, commercial, industrial, and restaurant, and many other places.

      We hope to make our surroundings safe by providing these environmentally friendly hand sanitizers and dispensers at workplaces.

      Images Sources: 

      Photo by Andrew "Donovan" Valdivia





       Author Note: These screenshots were taken on 26th Nov 2020!

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