By now, we’re all well-aware of the global shortage of hand sanitizer due to the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
While brands across the world—from luxury fashion houses to local breweries—have begun providing hospitals and essential works with homemade sanitizers, the average household is still largely unable to purchase disinfectant hand cleansers.
While washing your hands with old fashioned soap and hot water is always the best option to ensure you’re not unintentionally carrying germs or viruses, sometimes that’s simply not a possibility.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best alternatives that, while they shouldn’t replace soap and water, are certainly better than nothing at all if you’re stuck in a bind.
Constantly washing your hands can cause seriously dry, cracked skin in the best of times, which makes the Byredo Rose Rinse-Free Hand Wash might be a great alternative to hand sanitizer even when it becomes available to purchase again.
All you have to do is apply one drop of product onto your hands for an instantly fresh and clean feeling that also moisturizes—and smells great, most Byredo products are made with natural oils and smell like a high end spa.
With over 80% five-star reviews on Amazon, the Aloe Vesta No Rinse Cleansing Foam is a pH-balanced, no-rinse washing alternative that is gentle enough to be used as a hand cleanser, body wash, and shampoo all in one.
The main ingredients include hydrolyzed collagen and natural botanicals making it safe to use regularly on children or pets in a bind. What’s more, the foaming nozzle pumps out less product than a regular cream or liquid, which means your bottle will last much longer than a typical sanitizer.
You might have seen DIY hand sanitizer recipes circulating on the internet—sorry to say, they don’t work. A typical vodka is around 80 proof, which means it’s only 40 percent alcohol, and not high enough to kill bacteria.
That’s where XFBEV comes in. This 200 proof organic xtractor is strong enough to kill most bacteria—just make sure you mix it with a bit of essential oils and aloe vera to cut down on the harsh smell.
This antibacterial skin formula kills 99.99 percent of germs with one quick swipe. Each packet is small enough to fit in your handbag or back pocket for stress-free hand washing in public.
Crafted right here in the US, Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes are a great option for anyone looking for a heavy duty solution without worrying about MacGyvering a solution or carrying a bigger bottle of liquid or cream.
No, we’re not recommending you dose your hands in a disinfecting spray that’s meant for cleaning your home. However, if it’s your only option, it’s not a bad idea to filter some home cleaning spray into a small spray bottle along with a few squares of paper towel or toilet paper.
This way, you’ll be able to spray and wipe down any items you might need to pick up while you’re out. A disinfectant spray can also be watered down and used to wipe your hands—but we recommend coupling it with a moisturizing hand cream (like O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream, B00N3W70JQ) to avoid drying out your hands too heavily.
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