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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?
Credo Hand Sanitizer Spray
Lightly scented with uplifting essential oils of juicy bergamot and delicate vanilla, Credo Hand Sanitizer is gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan, soy-free and the fragrance is derived from essential oils.
Merci Handy Hand Sanitizer
These hand sanitizers not only come in a variety of cheerful colors, but they also have a fun range of scents. From floral to citrus, there's an option for everyone.
Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer
This pocket-size sanitizer has notes of bergamot and orange. It's also made with sweet almond and marula oils for hydration and aloe to soothe.
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.
Organic Bath Co. PeaceFull Hand Sanitizer
The Bulgarian lavender scent of this sanitizer is super calming. It uses glycerin to keep your skin from drying out.
Humankind Kindfill Hand Sanitizer in Grapefruit
This grapefruit-scented sanitizer comes in large bottles designed to refill small travel size bottles. It's a great option if you need a large quantity of sanitizer for your business or family.
Poo-Pourri Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Bundle- 4 Pack
Yes, the toilet spray brand Poo-Pourri also makes hand sanitizer in its signature scents. Enjoy the coconut lavender smell of this one.
Zesty Morning Hand Sanitizer
If you love citrus scents, go for this sanitizer. It's made with tangerine, orange and grapefruit essential oils.
Winky Lux The Spritzer Hand Sanitizer
In addition to having the cutest packaging, this hand sanitizer includes "centella asiatica extract to condition, aloe to soothe and vitamin E antioxidant to help protect the skin."
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—Originally published March 6, 2020 at 10:38 a.m. PT