2020 is over. If you’re reading this, it means you’ve made it far into 2021 and with vaccines and warmer weather on the way, it certain feels like we’ve turned a corner when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. *Cue obsessive knocking on wood, finger crossing and rubbing of rabbits’ feet* Last year’s health scare made many of us reconsider how we relate to germs and the surfaces we touch on a daily basis. As the virus lurked, theoretically everywhere, so did an obsession with sanitizing magnify and challenge the supply chains of many top hand sanitizer brands. Many of the sanitizers below were intermittently sold out throughout last year, but we’re happy to announce that everything seems to have bounced back, and you can now order hand sanitizer to your heart’s content.
Advice from the CDC still urges frequent hand washing with antibacterial soap and hand sanitizing in order to keep you and everyone around you healthy, and I fully support that being a practice we hold onto well past this pandemic. Whether it’s through disinfecting wipes, hand soap, UV wands or other means of cleaning — sanitizing is sanitizing and it can’t hurt to keep up healthy practices. That being said, I’ve expanded this list to include even more live, in-stock links below for purchasing hand sanitizer in a variety of formulas and container sizes. Go with your gut, keep it handy, and let’s hope 2021 is a healthier year.
Some Do’s and Don’ts For Hand Washing
- According to the Mayo Clinic, you should always wash your hands before eating or preparing food, treating a wound or removing or putting in contact lenses.
- You should also avoid touching your face, nose, eyes or inside of your ears as much as possible during the day.
- Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, blowing your nose, touching germ-heavy surfaces like keyboards and door handles and handling garbage.
- When washing your hands, wet your hands and lather up using antibacterial soap. Rub your hands vigorously together for at least 20 seconds, scrubbing your wrists and underneath your fingernails.
- Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry them.
1. Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Hand Soap
For daily hand washing, Mrs. Meyers formula is made with thoughtful ingredients including essential oils, aloe vera and olive oil. Their soaps contain no parabens phthalates or artificial colors and work hard to eliminate germs without leaving hands dried out.
The Best Antibacterial Hand Sanitizers
Hand sanitizer is an acceptable alternative when washing your hands with soap and water isn’t readily available. Thankfully, many of the top brands have rebounded and are back in stock, I’ve included a bunch of different options from the top retailers below.
2. PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer 8 Fl. Ounce (Pack of 4)
These Purell bottles are perfect for desktops, kitchens and even car center consoles as they’re not too big but also hold plenty of liquid, so you won’t have to change it out all the time. It’s a mild formula that kills 99.99% of germs without damaging skin. It has aloe and vitamin E in its formula so your hands are soft and moisturized, even after frequent use.
3. Germ-x Hand Sanitizer 8 Fl Ounce (Pack of 12)
This hand sanitizer from Germ-x effectively kills 99.99% of germs without the use of any water. It kills germs and protects you and your family in as little as 15 seconds and is formulated to moisturize in the process. It also contains Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that might aid in repairing and protecting skin from UV damage. This pack of 12 is an affordable option for stocking up responsibly and protecting you and your loved ones.
4. Suave Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer
This Suave hand sanitizer kills 99.99% of germs and is an effective replacement when hand soap and water are not immediately available. This hand sanitizer has no added fragrance that could irritate your skin, and actively reduces the bacteria on your hands. These spray bottles are each 10 fl ounces, perfectly portable and small enough to keep in your car, on your desk, in your backpack or briefcase. All it takes is a few sprays, wiping your hands thoroughly and letting them air dry to sanitize and protect, and with this pack of six you’ll have enough to last you and your family a while.
5. Germ-X Hand Sanitizer — Travel Size
Germ-X kills 99.99% of common harmful bacteria in as little as 15 seconds with proper use. This formula is also made with moisturizing vitamin E and each bottle has a convenient pump for easy dispensing. Even the best antibacterial hand sanitizers can cause your skin to dry out with repeated use, which is why we like this moisturizing formula. This 8-ounce bottle is easy to take with you and store in your car, desk or backpack and this pack comes with 12 so you’ll have many to pass around.
6. Wet Ones Antibacterial Travel Pack
Wet Ones Antibacterial hand wipes are a great option for sanitizing surfaces like your computer keyboard, phone, steering wheel and front doorknob. Protect yourself and others easily with these wipes designed to kill 99.99% of bacteria.
7. PURA D’OR Hand Sanitizer
This hand sanitizer from popular haircare brand PURA D’OR is 70% alcohol-based and kills 99.99% of germs to help disinfect and protect when water is not available. This moisturizing hand sanitizer is made with organic aloe vera & vitamin E to protect your skin, and the refreshing lemongrass scent is pleasant without being too pungent. This formula also contains organic tea tree oil, peppermint oil and lavender oil for therapeutic protection and deep cleansing. Use as much and as often as you like, as this formula is as soothing as it is protective.
8. Purell Travel Size Variety Pack
One of the most convenient things hand sanitizer can be? Portable. Chances are, the times when you don’t have access to water and hand soap are when you’re out and about, so your hand sanitizer traveling well is a major plus. This Purell variety pack contains 1 fl oz. travel bottles of the hand sanitizer attached to jelly wraps you can easily attach to keys, backpacks, or gym bags. Make it easy on yourself and stay sanitized anywhere with these.
9. Superfly Hand Sanitizer Gel 8 Fl Ounce (8-Pack)
This hand sanitizer from Superfly contains 70% alcohol for killing germs and leaves behind no icky residue in its wake. The bottles each have an easy-dispense pump so you can easily control the amount you dispense, and the formula uses plant-derived power that’s not irritating to skin. This hand sanitizer has a light lemon scent and contains no phosphates, phthalates, synthetic dyes or fragrances. This 8-pack will arm you with enough anti-bacterial power to store one in your car, on your desk and kitchen counter.
10. Purell Travel-Size Bottles with Display Bowl
Okay, I know I’m going a little nuts with the Purell but this display bowl is perfect for office spaces or other common areas we (hopefully) might be returning to soon. This purchase comes with the display bowl and 36 1 fl. oz. bottles of Purell that are easy to distribute amongst coworkers, family members or anyone else you want sanitized. Each bottle contains Purell’s mild but effective formula, and the flip-cap bottles make dispensing easy.
11. Solimo Amazon Brand Hand Sanitizer
This is Amazon’s own in-house hand sanitizer spray, made out of an 80% alcohol antiseptic. This is a pack of six 8 oz. bottles that have a spray top, and are easy to pack in your purse, backpack or briefcase for quick sanitizing power throughout the day. The brand is also pretty affordable, at six bottles for just over $21.
13. Shankara Advanced Aloe Vera Hand Purifying Gel
This aloe vera hand sanitizer is 100% alcohol-free and protects via all-natural ingredients like aloe vera. Aloe vera has natural purifying properties and isn’t greasy or watery and won’t leave behind a residue on your hands. This formula is completely free of toxins and scented with rose water — making it safe to use for kids, babies and adults alike. This formula also contains aspen bark known to kill harmful bacteria and an algae-aloe extract that hydrates and nourishes your skin.
14. Custom Ink Soapbox 12oz. Hand Sanitizer — Case of 15 Bottles
If you’ve ever worn a custom-made T-shirt, you may have heard of Custom Ink. They’re dedicated to the personalized garment arts, and now they’re making hand sanitizer. Their Soapbox mix is cruelty-free and completely vegan while being a sanitizing 70%-alcohol based formula. With every product purchased they donate a bar of soap to someone in need, to keep the whole world safe and protected.
15. Maapilim Hand Sanitizer
This Maapilim Hand Sanitizer smells amazing and cleans just as well. The scents are a blend of bergamot, jasmine and cedarwood, and the formula kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria with all-natural ingredients. The hand sanitizer is nourishing and fast-absorbing, so you won’t be left with a weird residue on your hands. It’s got a base of 70% alcohol and aloe vera so it moisturizes as it cleans.