Updated on January 12, 2024


Created on August 25, 2020

Glo Germ Gel

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Glo Germ Gel is a solution which acts as a visual aid to teach proper handwashing, aseptic techniques, and general infection control.

Developed By
  1. Glo Germ
Tested By
  • The Ohio State University
Content Partners


Product Description

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.

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Public Sector Agencies

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

It is also distributed worldwide by a number of US Distributors and International Distributors.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include SoaPen.

Manufacturing/Building Method


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

Design Specifications

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

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Training materials and education resources are provided by the manufacturer.

Replacement Components



The product, stored at room temperature and out of direct sunlight, has an indefinite shelflife.Interview with representative in 2020

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Designer specified performance targets include: lotion-based, non-staining, and easy-to-use.

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.

Complementary Technical Systems

UV flashlight required to fluoresce gel.

Academic Research and References

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

Evaluation methods

Glo Germ Gel is assessed for its fluorescent property as a visual aid tool for external application (e.g. skin). It is not designed for internal usage, except for professional research applications. Several research efforts have been conducted over the years using Glo Germ solution as a tracer material, medically, and internal in animals.Interview with representative in 2020

Other Information

Glo Germ also produces similar products in powder and oil form. Training materials and education resources are provided by the manufacturer. Glo germ’s hand washing training. Training Manual. A Safety Data Sheet is available for this product.  

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