It's pretty clear that everyone can do their part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 by washing hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds. The CDC recommends handwashing as more effective than hand sanitizer. However, when handwashing is not an option, hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol is an acceptable substitute. But with hand sanitizers flying off shelves, it's tough to find them, especially through delivery services.
It's worth noting the FDA doesn't recommend that consumers make your own hand sanitizer (if made incorrectly, hand sanitizer can be ineffective) but brands are coming together to offer sanitizers to protect you and your family. That's why we rounded up a few of our favorites, including a sanitizer that's vegan and safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Editor's note: Please remember that hand sanitizers do not replace hand washing. It is extremely important to wash your hands thoroughly (for 20 seconds) throughout the day and to keep hands away from your face. Be sure to call your doctor if you experience a serious reaction to hand sanitizer.
Here's where you can still buy hand sanitizers right now:
Megababe hand sanitizer
How many times have you used hand sanitizer only to discover your hands are extremely dry after two uses? This citrus-y scented sanitizer is made of marula oil, sweet almond oil and aloe that locks in moisture long after it dries. There's also an oversized pump for larger families, too.
Clark's Botanicals hand sanitizer
In the face of our current health crisis, Clark's Botanicals felt a strong call to action to contribute in a real and practical way to help the community get through this pandemic. As a result, the brand is now redirecting 100% of their production to creating hand sanitizer that kills 99.99% of germs.
Wellnesse hand sanitizer
Founder Katie Wells has spent more than a decade perfecting these formulas in her kitchen to make shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste that's planet safe and more effective than conventional alternatives. And now, the brand launched hand sanitizer, made of soothing eucalyptus and moisturizing glycerin, that's sold in recyclable and compostable packaging. Bonus: For every purchase that includes hand sanitizer, you'll be gifted $3 to donate to a COVID-19-related charity of your choosing.
Pipette hand sanitizer
The fragrance-free hand sanitizer is made with 65% alcohol. Plus, Pipette's hand sanitizer is vegan, with plant-derived ingredients that are safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. One user says the alcohol smell dissipates in 30 seconds, we'll take it!
CleanWell Botanical hand sanitizer spray
CleanWell's germ-killing power comes from an antibacterial formulation that includes thymol, the active ingredient found in various botanical essential oils that has been used as an antiseptic for centuries. Try this spray that's sure to leave your hands with a sweet smell of orange vanilla.
Fleur & Bee Dis-Mist hand sanitizer spray (3-pack)
Ingredients, like 75% alcohol and glycerin, help provide instant germ-free hands and long lasting moisture. You'll also get free samples of other Fleur & Bee favorites in every order.
Touchland power mist
Most hand sanitizers are housed in bottles you don't want to show off. They're boring, and there's nothing special about them—until now. Touchland's power mist is packaged in a sleek, modern container perfectly sized for your pocket or purse. The sweet-smelling sanitizer (we love watermelon and aloe vera) kills 99.99% of harmful germs. It's so available in large sizes so we're sure you'll be seeing them at major retailers in the future.
Herbivore Botanicals hand hero
Herbivore hand hero is a hand-purifying gel with 75% alcohol that keeps your hands squeaky clean. In it you'll also find hyaluronic acid and soothing aloe vera to keep your hands soft and hydrated—even after numerous washes.
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