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What is Chlorhexidine Gluconate

Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) was created as a germicidal mouthwash. It carries intense antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, making it a great tool in the fight against gingivitis. It also works to remove and reduce bacteria in the mouth. Due to its intense germ fighting power it is also used in a variety of other medical applications.


One such application is the Hibiclens skin cleaning product line. This safe antimicrobial skin cleaning product is used in hospitals, clinics, long term care facilities, and home care situations. It is a great product for patients who are unable to get out of bed or require intense skin cleaning for conditions or wounds. Hibiclens products are also safe for hand washing in the healthcare field.


The best feature of Chlorhexidine gluconate is its ability to stay adhered and effective on the skin for up to 6 hours after the original application. This extends its germ fighting powers for a period of time, both protecting the patient and freeing up staff time to tend to other duties. The residual feature of the CHG is what makes Hibiclens different from other antimicrobial skin cleansers. In other cleansers, once the alcohol has worn off, germs can attack the skin again.

Chlorhexidine gluconate is safe and powerful. This active ingredient in Hibiclens is effective at fighting off even the most virulent germs. Some germicidal applications include MRSA, VRE, C. Diff (C. difficile), the avian flu, and a broad spectrum of other germs that cause infection and disease.