Hand sanitizer has long been a staple in most of our handbags—and in 2020, it's more essential than ever.
While washing thoroughly with soap and water will always be our best defense against germs and viruses, a portable sanitizing spray or gel is key whenever you can't get to a sink.
For the best results, look for a product that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, and use enough to generously cover your hands and fingers. Rub it in well until you're dry (don't wipe it off), and you're good to go.
Keep scrolling to discover the hand sanitizers that are most worthy of a spot in your routine!
The Best Hand Sanitizers
Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer
Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer is a gel that kills 99.9 percent of germs using a 62 percent alcohol formula. Sweet almond and marula oils ensure that it doesn't dry out your hands, and an array of essential oils give it a light, citrusy scent.
Captain Blankenship Hand Sanitizer
Captain Blankenship Hand Sanitizer is an all-natural spray with 70 percent organic alcohol in an aloe vera base. Lemon, thyme, cinnamon, peppermint and clove essential oils not only impart a fresh herbal scent, but they also add to the antibacterial benefits.
NCLA Beauty Hands Clean Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
NCLA Beauty Hands Clean Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer is a non-drying, 65 percent alcohol gel that eliminates 99.9 percent of germs. It comes in three essential oil-derived scents, as well as unscented—all with glycerin, aloe vera and vitamin E for hydration.
TonyMoly Aloe Chok Chok Hand Gel
TonyMoly Aloe Chok Chok Hand Gel is a K-beauty option, a gel that kills 99.9 percent of germs using 62 percent alcohol. It also has glycerin, witch hazel and aloe vera for light moisture, and won't leave behind any sticky residue.
Truly Hand Sanitizer Germ Killin’ Gel
Truly Hand Sanitizer Germ Killin' Gel may look cute in its pink packaging, but this hardworking gel formula gets the job done with 70 percent alcohol. Aloe vera and glycerin prevent over-drying.
Touchland Power Mist Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
Touchland Power Mist Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer sprays on to kill 99.9 percent of germs thanks to its 67 percent alcohol composition. Available in four essential oil blends as well as fragrance-free, it's packed with aloe vera and is non-sticky. Bonus points for the sleek, modern container!
Milk + Honey Hand Purifier
Milk + Honey Hand Purifier is a compact, plant-based spray with 60 percent organic alcohol to kill germs and glycerin to moisturize. In addition to their refreshing aroma, the eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial properties, while lavender oil is a mild antibacterial.
Erbaviva Lavender & Eucalyptus Hand Sanitizer
Erbaviva Lavender & Eucalyptus Hand Sanitizer is a botanical-based spray boasting one of the highest alcohol concentrations, 80 percent. It's scented with calming lavender and eucalyptus oils, and each bottle gives you enough for 400 sprays.
Eir NYC Fresh Eir
Eir NYC Fresh Eir is a three-in-one spray with 65.7 percent alcohol—and you can use it to sanitize your hands, eliminate body odour, and even disinfect gym gear. Witch hazel and aloe vera round out the rest of the formula, swirled with essential oils for extra antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
Dry-Line Hand Sanitizer
Dry-Line Hand Sanitizer has a unique roll-on applicator to dispense its 65 percent concentration of alcohol. The rest of the liquid is made up of glycerin and essential oils, with the latter changing every season. (Right now, the brand is doing yuzu, hinoki, lavender, marjoram and mandarin for summer!)
Huangjisoo Hand Sanitizer
Huangjisoo Hand Sanitizer is an organic, 62 percent alcohol gel that removes 99.9 percent of germs. This K-beauty offering also happens to be fragrance-free, and contains unusual botanicals like celery, carrot, fennel, kale, coriander, lettuce and spinach extracts to keep hands soft and refreshed.
100% Pure Hand Sanitizer Spray
100% Pure Hand Sanitizer Spray is an all-natural spray made with 62 percent alcohol, plus glycerin, aloe and tea tree oil. That's it! Despite the minimal ingredient list, it promises to dry quickly and soften your skin without any stickiness.
Yoobi Hand Sanitizer
Yoobi Hand Sanitizer is a 70 percent alcohol gel that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria. Unlike most sanitizers, it comes in handy single-serve packets (you get 50 to a box), so you don't have to lug around a big bottle. Scented with lemon oil, it also includes glycerin and aloe vera for light hydration.
Olika Minnie Hand Sanitizer Spray
Olika Minnie Hand Sanitizer Spray may look more like a bird than hand sanitizer, and that's because the packaging was specifically designed to prevent accidental leaks and sprays on the go. Inside is a mix of 65 percent alcohol, glycerin, aloe vera and essential oils,and there's enough to last you for 500 applications.
Susanne Kaufmann Hand Spray Purif-i Sanitizing
Susanne Kaufmann Hand Spray Purif-i Sanitizing disinfects with every spritz, thanks to its 62 percent alcohol composition. To counteract its drying effects, it's blended with a cocktail of skin-soothers, such as glycerin, panthenol, allantoin and silk proteins.
SpaRitual Hand Sanitizer Spray
SpaRitual Hand Sanitizer Spray (sold in packs of four) is a 75 percent alcohol mist that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses on contact. This formula has no added fragrance or essential oils, and every purchase helps the brand to distribute free sanitizer to first responders and at-risk populations.
Clark’s Botanicals Hand Sanitizer
Clark's Botanicals Hand Sanitizer is a fragrance-free gel with 71 percent alcohol to kill 99.9 percent of germs on your hands. Despite the high alcohol content, it is surprisingly hydrating, thanks to glycerin, propanediol, hyaluronic acid (!), coconut fatty acids and vitamin E.
Byredo Rinse-Free Hand Wash
Byredo Rinse-Free Hand Wash won't fight germs as well as other sanitizers, since it contains just 30 percent alcohol. But what it will do is make your hands feel clean and moisturized, since its gel-cream texture is like a sanitizer and hand cream in one. It also has the chicest packaging, and comes in four addictive scents.
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