Why you need to have a hand sanitizer at hand
Unfortunately, germs and viruses can live on surfaces for hours if not days. Once you touch a surface, you then become a host. On average, we touch our faces 16 times an hour. Having hand sanitizer available means that once you touch a surface, such as a door handle or a shopping cart, you can quickly and efficiently clean our hands without having to worry about infections or illnesses.
Features to consider when choosing a natural hand sanitizer
Not all natural hand sanitizers are created equal. There are many features to consider before you decide on which product to purchase. These are the main features you will want to consider.
Volume of the package
Natural hand sanitizer containers come in all shapes and sizes. Some, like the Finally Pure – Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer and the PlaneAire Travel Mist are 2 ounces in size and are meant for travelling. Others, like the Artnaturals Hand Sanitizer and the Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer are larger, 7 and 8-ounce containers meant for home or office use.
Before you purchase your next bottle of hand sanitizer, think about where you will be using it. You don’t want to have to carry around a large bottle in your purse because you bought the wrong size.
Further to the volume of the individual package, consider if the bottles come as stand-alones or in a bundle. If you need a lot of hand sanitizer for your office or your classroom, find bottles that come in three or four packs. This will ensure you never run out and don’t have to remember to constantly re-order.
If it’s alcohol-based
Natural hand sanitizers can be both alcohol-based and non-alcoholic. On our list, EO Hand Cleansing Natural Fiber Wipes and Artnaturals Hand Sanitizer are alcoholic-based. For something to be classified as hand sanitizer, it should kill at least 99% of germs, regardless of whether it has alcohol in it or not.
Sometimes, alcohol-based hand sanitizers will cause your skin to dry out. However, if there are soothing ingredients, such as aloe vera in them, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Hand sanitizers need ingredients that will kill germs. Alcohol does this readily. There are also natural ingredients, such as witch hazel, manuka, and tea tree oil, which Finally Pure – Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer has, that are all antibacterial.
Some hand sanitizers, such as EO Hand Cleansing Natural Fiber Wipes which includes lavender, are scented.
Hand sanitizer often has the side effect of drying out your skin. To combat this, many products will include soothing ingredients to keep you moisturized. This can include aloe vera and witch hazel which will soothe your dry skin.
If you have a product that states it is organic, you will want to make sure it has been certified so. On our list, PlaneAire Travel Mist has six certified organic ingredients. Meanwhile, while Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer implies that it is organic, there isn’t much evidence to prove that it is certified organic.
Another certificate that you might find is certified cruelty-free. This means animals weren’t harmed in the testing of the product. Finally Pure – Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer has this certification.
The best all natural hand sanitizer will have a shelf life of 2 to 3 years. If you’re worried about a product’s lifespan, always check the packaging for an expiration date and be sure to follow. Remember, though, that a best by date means that the product may still be usable after the date although it just won’t be the best possible.
If you’re worried about not using your hand sanitizer in the allotted time, it’s best to purchase a smaller bottle. Look for a small, travel-size bottle. This way you can use it when needed and not be stuck with a half-used, large bottle in three years’ time.
There are other features to consider when finding the right natural hand sanitizer for your needs. If you need a lot of sanitizer for either home or office use, it’s wise to purchase a pack of multiple containers. This not only cuts down on cost but means less hassle having to constantly purchase new hand sanitizer.
While some people may enjoy a fragrant hand sanitizer, other people may not. In fact, many offices and public places such as libraries and schools are fragrance-free zones. If you need a hand sanitizer for this type of location, look for a product that is scent-free.
One other feature to consider is how the hand sanitizer is delivered. For example, Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer pumps out into a foam. Others are presented in a form of spray or wipes. There are plenty of options instead of the standard gel.