11 Best Hand Sanitizers You Can Buy Right Now
Keeping our hands clean is essential right now, but that doesn't mean they have to feel like sandpaper. Read on for the best hand sanitizer products that kill germs without drying out skin.
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Not only does Megababe’s hand sanitizer contain germ-eliminating alcohol, but it’s also formulated with sweet almond and marula oils to keep your hands hydrated. Bonus points for its cute packaging and citrusy bergamot and orange scent. Psst! Did you know hand sanitizer has a life span of 2-3 years? Learn how long cleaning other products last.
Why it made our list: With its small 2-ounce size, this hand sanitizer is perfect for tossing in your purse, pocket or cupholder.
A recommendation straight from one of our editors, this vitamin-packed hand sanitizer leaves your hands 99.9% germ-free, moisturized and smelling great, thanks to its gender-neutral lemon verbena scent.
Why it made our list: While it kills 99.9% of germs, this prebiotic formula (not to be confused with probiotic) helps nourish your skin’s good bacteria, keeping its natural barrier intact.
If you prefer natural, plant-based products, this hand sanitizer spray is what you’re looking for. It’s made with an effective formulation of 62% ethyl alcohol, as well as naturally derived glycerin and aloe to keep skin soft. Grove Collaborative offers natural hand sanitizers, too.
Why it made our list: This sanitizer comes in multiple scents so you can avoid the harsh alcohol scent hand sanitizers traditionally carry.
Sometimes the original can’t be beat. Purell has long been at the forefront of the hand sanitizer industry, and for good reason. This 99.99% effective sanitizer gel contains aloe and vitamin E to soften as it cleanses.
Why it made our list: You’re getting a great value for the price with this 8-ounce, $4 hand sanitizer.
Not only is this hand sanitizer spray incredibly chic, but it also contains good-for-skin ingredients like aloe vera and marula oil to counteract the stripping effects of its 75% alcohol content (which is above even CDC standards).
Why it made our list: This hand sanitizer does good, too: Vegamour is donating 20% of the proceeds of every purchase of the sanitizer to Project Angel Food to deliver healthy food to those who need it most in Los Angeles.
Tonymoly is known for its fun face masks, and it brings that same youthful spirit to its hand sanitizer gel. This alcohol-based sanitizer also contains aloe water and witch hazel for clean hands that are never sticky or dry.
Why it made our list: At only $4, this small sanitizer tube is a great size and price, perfect for stocking up.
If you go through lots of hand sanitizer, this 8-ounce container is a great choice. It’s a large size so you won’t have to restock anytime soon, and its combination of aloe and vitamin E will replenish moisture.
Why it made our list: The pump top on this hand sanitizer makes it convenient and easy-to-use, great for offices, kitchens, common areas, and more.
Biosilk is traditionally known for its haircare products, but they’ve turned their softening, hydrating expertise toward skin for this hand sanitizer. It’s made with 77% ethyl alcohol, plus organic aloe vera, glycerin and a combination of vitamins and amino acids.
Why it made our list: This hand sanitizer comes in three size options, so it’s easy to choose the one that works best for you.
100% Pure’s ingenious formula combines moisturizing aloe vera with cleansing alcohol and tea tree oil for extra benefit. Tea tree oil is both antibacterial and softening, so it pulls double duty in this sanitizer.
Why it made our list: Since this hand sanitizer comes in spray form, it’s less liable to leak goopy liquid and make a mess (say, in your purse) than traditional bottled hand sanitizer.
With coconut oil, vitamins A and E, hemp seed oil and mango seed butter, this might be one of the most hydrating hand sanitizers on the market. It doesn’t sacrifice any efficacy, though, since it contains alcohol that kills 99.99% of germs.
Why it made our list: Grapefruit and peach give this sanitizer a light, refreshing scent compared to traditional hand sanitizers.
If you’d prefer an alcohol-free formula, this Babyganics sanitzer is proven to be gentle but still effective. Its foaming formula kills 99.9% of germs without drying out hands or leaving behind a sticky residue.
Why it made our list: Since this hand sanitizer was formulated for babies, it’s safe to use on kids (and adults) of all ages.