Hand sanitizer is fast becoming the product of the year. Washing your hands with soap and water is the ideal way to get rid of germs (see our guide to the best natural handwashes in the June 2020 issue), but when you're on the go, a spritz or rub of hand sanitizer is the next best thing.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a hand sanitizer should contain at least 60 percent alcohol for it to be effective, so we've picked out five products that fit the bill, but all made with natural ingredients and without the usual nasties.
Hopefully you can get hold of one of these before they fly off the shelves.
Organic Hand Hygiene Spray, $4.99/£5.25 (2 fl oz/59 mL)
US shop.drbronner.com; tel: 844-937-2551
UK www.drbronner.co.uk; tel: 0203 823 6629
Made up of just four ingredients—ethyl alcohol (62 percent), water, lavender oil and glycerin—this simple formula is certified organic, fair trade and vegan. Simply spritz onto hands to quickly kill germs or spray into the air to enjoy the relaxing lavender scent.
Organic Defence Hand Spray, $10.50/£6.50 (1.69 fl oz/50 mL)
US us.nyrorganic.com; tel: 888-697-0909
UK www.nealsyardremedies.com; tel: 01747 834 698
Claimed to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria, this beautifully fragranced hand spray from Neal's Yard contains 70 percent alcohol, purifying witch hazel water and a blend of essential oils including antibacterial thyme and lemongrass. It's certified organic and vegan-approved and leaves hands feeling fresh with no sticky residue.
Stay Safe Herbal Hand Sanitiser, £9
(1.69 fl oz/50 mL)
www.naturisimo.com (UK only)
Formulated using an herbal tincture base of sage, rosemary, thyme and neem, this vegan and organic spray is designed to fight bacteria and other pathogens gently yet effectively. Tea tree oil, which has antiviral and antibacterial properties, is also included, and the alcohol content is 65 percent—just above the recommended amount.
Spray and soothe
Hand Sanitizer Spray, $5
(1.69 fl oz/50 mL)
www.100percentpure.com (US only)
As well as 62 percent ethyl alcohol, this hand sanitizer includes soothing aloe vera juice to leave skin feeling soft and moisturized, and antibacterial tea tree oil to keep bugs at bay. It dries quickly, is non-sticky and is certified vegan and cruelty-free.
The Castilian Soap Company
Natural Hand Sanitiser with Peppermint & Chamomile, £9.50 (1.69 fl oz/50 mL)
www.lovelula.com (UK only)
The perfect size for popping in your pocket or handbag, this rub-on sanitizer contains 62 percent organic grain alcohol as well as soothing organic chamomile floral water, natural plant glycerin and refreshing peppermint essential oil. With its lovely scent and a non-drying formula, you can't go wrong.