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Now more than ever, protecting ourselves from the elements is a huge priority. Hand sanitizers have become a very much in-demand item recently, but you should also make sure you're getting one that can do the job and not leave a harsh odor on your skin.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading public health institution in the United States, recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as the best defense against germs. The next best thing, if you don't have soap and water readily available, is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. The CDC does note, though, that hand sanitizer doesn't eliminate all germs, but it can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations.
Below, our favorite options that meet those CDC guidelines.
Touchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer
Touchland's dermatologist tested formula is packed with good-for-you ingredients like hydrating Aloe Vera and a blend of essential oils to leave hands soft and healthy. Their unique Power Mist sprays come in a wide variety of scents like Watermelon, Citrus, Forest Berry, Lavender and Vanilla Cinnamon. Plus, how cool is their packaging?
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Sanitizer Spray
This sanitizer has a pleasant light sent and 100% of its profits go to the international Bayada Home Healthcare agency, which provides home health care staff for the elderly and vulnerable. Talk about a feel-good purchase.
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—Originally published March 6, 2020 at 10:38 a.m. PT