We may be months into quarantine here in the U.S, but it's important to not ease up on following CDC guidelines: i.e., thorough, regular handwashing and wearing protective face coverings in public. Well even as we enter the summer months, products like antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer are still among the hardest-to-find items — but not if you know where to look.
While many popular brands like Purell are sold out at major retailers, if you do a lot of digging (most of which we’ve done for you already!), you can still add a bottle or two to cart if you move quickly. (If you live near a pharmacy or big-box store like Walmart, you may also be able to buy online and pick up in store, pending stock.) That said, many places may only have bulk or office-sized options in stock, so if you absolutely need a rinse-free formula, you may end up paying, well, more than $5 for it. Here are some brands to consider.
Clean beauty purveyor Herbivore just launched their hand sanitizer, Hand Hero, which is infused with skin-care ingredients like hyaluronic acid and soothing aloe vera to help soothe dry hands. (Choose from two scents, Pink Grapefruit or Lavender.)
The sexual wellness brand behind the top-selling Vibe has just launched Clean, its first-ever hand sanitizer spray made with 70% alcohol.
The clean fragrance brand just launched a jasmine and lemon-scented hand sanitizer bottle, which is gentle on hands but tough on germs. Plus, 20% of Skylar's initial production will be donated to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, and Mount Sinai Hospitals in New York City to support healthcare professionals on the frontlines during COVID-19.
These eco-friendly hand sanitizers come in an 8oz aluminum 'bulk' bottle designed to refill portable, 1oz bottles of sanitizer. Plus, $1 from each purchase benefits the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which provides emergency support to communities in need within the NYC area.
The baby-care brand recently developed a $5 hand sanitizer that's kind to hands, thanks to squalane and glycerin, but tough on germs. (It has 65% USP-grade alcohol.) What's more, Pipette is donating 21,000 32 oz bottles to healthcare professionals at various hospitals including (but not limited to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals (Oakland and San Francisco), UCLA and Cedars Sinai in Southern California and Elmhurst Hospital, Mount Sinai, St Francis and New York-Presbyterian Hospitals in New York.
Cabinet's Preparedness Kit includes two bottles of hand sanitizer, in addition to emergency essentials like acetaminophen, and generic formulations of day and night-time cold and flu medicine. (If you are a healthcare or frontline essential worker, the brand has a pay-as-you-wish program in place via Instagram DM.)
Apparently hand sanitizers make for great party favors (well they certainly do now) so Etsy sellers have this category on lock. Who knew? And, there's quite a variety. Just make sure you're buying it from a reputable seller that lists the alcohol content.
The brand behind the internet-breaking anti-chafe stick and natural deodorant just restocked its bestselling vegan hand sanitizer — and are releasing a 16oz jumbo version for the first time.
The Kroger-owned low-cost hub to buy health brands and vitamins is beloved by moms (or at least this writer's mom). If you're not familiar with them yet, get to know the e-tailer by cruising what's left of its sanitizer section.
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