Natural and organic hand sanitiser is the best way to help keep your hands germ free. Touch is the most effective way for germs to spread, even more so than becoming airborne. Clean hands have been recognised as playing a significant part in preventing the spread of colds and disease.
What is the Best Way to Use Natural Hand Sanitiser?
Squeeze a drop or spray 1-2 sprays onto your hands. Rub your hands together thoroughly for a minimum of 15 seconds while spreading the sanitiser evenly and rubbing it into the skin. Often people will only briefly rub their hands together to spread the sanitiser around which limits its effectiveness. We want the product to work for you so make sure to use it properly!
Common Toxins Found in Hand Sanitisers
Hand sanitisers often use benzalkonium chloride (BKC) or triclosan as active ingredients. These are highly toxic harmful chemicals.
Toxicity concerns with BKC include severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies. BKC is a sensitizer especially dangerous for people with asthma or skin conditions such as eczema. This is only half the story however, BKC is also antimicrobial. Regular use of products containing antimicrobials could also lead to the development of resistant bacteria. Using products containing BKC can leave you exposed to highly resistant bacteria. Human immune systems have little to no defense for this and pharmaceuticals struggle to keep up with producing effective antibiotics. Thus these products are counterproductive for reducing your exposure to bacteria.
EWG rates Triclosan as highly hazardous due to many concerning factors. These include hormonal disruption at very low dosages, organ toxicity. It is bioaccumulative, a known skin, eye and lung irritant and is restricted for cosmetic use in Canada and Japan.
Other chemicals to watch for and avoid are PEGS and petroleum.
It is also important to look out for synthetic colours and fragrances. Ingredient lists are misleading with synthetic fragrances being listed as fragrance and perfume. Synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum and include phthalates and many other toxins. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and skin irritation and allergies. Synthetic colours are also largely made from petroleum and other toxic chemicals with similar results.
Alcohol Based Hand Sanitiser
Understanding the alcohol content the hand sanitiser you are choosing is important. The alcoholic content of an alcohol based hand sanitiser should be above 60%. This is the recommendation of the World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control, and EWG. Anything less will not work to kill 99.9% of germs.
The type of alcohol is also an important factor. Check if the alcohol is fossil fuel derived, highly drying alcohol (isopropyl alcohol, n propanol). Also keep an eye out for denatured alcohol, as this indicated the presence of toxic denatured chemicals such as methanol, phthalates or acetone.
Natural Hand Sanitiser Product Reviews
Squeakie hand sanitiser contains Milk Whey Alcohol (62%) is the active ingredient that ensures effective hand sanitisation. Aloe Vera, Sea Kelp, and Oleic Acid (omega 9) nourish and moisturise the skin. Rosehip Oil, Palmarosa Oil and Lime Oil nourishes the skin. They also leave a natural light floral scent. Vegetable Glycerin is a common and safe ingredient which improves the consistency of liquid products. Cellulose Gum is a commonly used safe ingredient which thickens liquids.
I really love this product. It leaves my hands feeling and smelling amazing as well as working as an effective sanitiser. It comes as a gel in a little squeeze bottle. I find this easier for application that alternatives that come as a liquid in a spray bottle. The most cost effective option, per ml, is Squeakie. While not small compared to other hand sanitisers it is still a good size for a handbag. Cleverly designed bottles also allow you to clip it to the outside of your bag for easy access.
Squeakie Natural Hand Sanitiser is made in Australia, cruelty free and use bpa free 100% recyclable packaging.
Ethyl Alcohol (62%) is the active ingredient ensuring effective hand sanitisation while Lavender Oil helps nourish skin and leaves a light lavender scent. Glycerin, a common safe ingredient used to improve product consistency.
Effective with a nice light smell. A good option if you prefer a spray to a gel. They are not tiny but would still go comfortably in a handbag.
Dr Bronner is certified organic, vegan, cruelty free and is a popular American brand.
Organic Ethanol (62%) is the active ingredient ensuring effective hand sanitisation. while Lavender Oil, Echinacea and Vitamin E nourish the skin and leave a lavender scent. Vegetable Glycerin is a common and safe ingredient which improves the consistency of liquid products.
EO Natural Hand Sanitiser is highly portable and ideally sized for a handbag. Unfortunately after using these sprays my hands tend to dry out more. The spray also has a strong alcohol smell. The lavender sent is there but it does little to help mask the alcohol smell. I personally don’t prefer them but they are effective and highly portable.
Organic Ethanol (62%) is the active ingredient ensuring effective hand sanitisation while Peppermint Oil, Thyme and Vitamin E nourish the skin and leave a peppermint scent. Vegetable Glycerin is a common and safe ingredient which improves the consistency of liquid products.
EO Natural Hand Sanitiser is highly portable and ideally sized for a handbag. Unfortunately after using these sprays my hands tend to dry out more. The spray also has a strong alcohol smell. The peppermint helps to mask this however you need to like a strong peppermint smell. I personally don’t prefer them but they are effective and highly portable.
EO is an american brand. They are certified organic, vegan and cruelty free.
Ingredient Breakdown: Organic Ethanol (62%) for effective hand sanitation, purified water, glycerin for consistency and lemon myrtle oil for a lemony fresh fragrance.
Portable, effective and with a fresh citrus scent that helps cover the alcohol smell. A solid choice if you are after a hand sanitiser spray.
Melrose Organic hand sanitiser is make in Australia and certified organic.
Ingredient Breakdown: Aqua, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) fruit extract, olive leaf extract, ascorbic acid, citric acid, lactic acid, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, caprylic acid, clycerin, betaina, decyl gluoside. All safe and natural ingredients. The bitter orange extract sanitises while other ingredients help to nourish and soothe skin and help the consistency of the product.
Verdict: In general we do not recommend non-alcohol based hand sanitisers. The effectiveness of alcohol based hand sanitisers are well known and other natural options can struggle to measure up. If you are looking for a non-alcoholic natural hand sanitiser however we recommend going with After Touch. After Touch hand sanitiser comes in a little foam pump bottle which dispenses an antibacterial foam for quick and effective hand sanitation. Their 50ml bottle is perfect for your handbag for use on the go.
After Touch is Australian made.
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