The Glo Germ Gel is a visual aid used to teach proper handwashing, aseptic techniques, and general infection control. The user applies the solution onto their hands to simulate ‘germs’ before and after handwashing. The solution shows up as a brilliant blue-white when exposed to UV light revealing any remaining ‘germs’ as proof of improper handwashing.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
The product can be purchased online from the manufacturer or various distributors worldwide.
Distributions to Date Status
The exact number is unknown, however, the product has been distributed around the world with primary international markets being Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Malta, New Zealand and many European countries.
Soap and water
Number of uses
~45 times for 8 ounce bottle
~11 times for 2 ounce bottle
As per Glo germ’s hand washing training, the recommended amount per use is ~0.176 ounces
Power supply type
The product is available in the following sizes:
- 8 ounce bottle
- 2 ounce bottle
The Glo Germ Gel is a solution that acts as a visual aid to teach proper handwashing, aseptic techniques, and general infection control. The solution is made out of 5 mm melamine copolymer resin beads that are fluorescent under black light illumination. The fluorescent property of the solution allows it to simulate germs, and the lamp illuminates the effectiveness of user sanitary practices.Interview with representative in 2020
The product, stored at room temperature and out of direct sunlight, has an indefinite shelflife.Interview with representative in 2020
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Vetted Performance Status
Testing performed by researchers from The Ohio State University determined that Glo Germ particles were successful in visualizing the deposition of aerosals under normal and mock failure modes.
The product is to be used as a training aid only. It is not to be ingested. Contact with eyes to be avoided. A Safety Data Sheet is available for this product.
Complementary Technical Systems
UV flashlight required to fluoresce gel.
Academic Research and References
Oberyszyn, A.S., Robertson, F.M., 2001, Novel Rapid Method for Visualization of Extent and Location of Aerosal Contamination During High-Speed Sorting of Potentially Biohazardous Samples, Cytometry, Vol. 43, pp. 217-222
Perfetto, S.P, et al., 2003, Measuring Containment of Viable Infectious Cell Sorting in High-Velocity Cell Sorters, Cytometry Part A 52A, pp. 122-130
Compliance with regulations
Glo Germ is approved and used by the CDC and health departments around the world when used as directed. Interview with representative in 2020
Glo Germ also produces similar products in powder and oil form.