Innovative hand sanitizers to help you ward of sickness

Stay clean even when you don’t have access to soap.

woman in green dress smiling and holding hand sanitizer
You too could be this happy about hand sanitizer.Anna Earl via Unsplash

If you travel a lot, spend your days with kids, or are just very germ-averse, hand sanitizer makes it easy to stay relatively clean when you don't have soap and warm water at hand. Still, convenience doesn't come without its downsides: when you use these products regularly, they can leave your hands feeling extra dry, and many come with an overpowering smell of rubbing alcohol. Here are a few alternatives that will still do their job without taking as much of a toll on your skin. Here are some of our favorites.

EO Botanical Hand Sanitizer Gel

EO Botanical Hand Sanitizer Gel
With a relaxing lavender scent.Amazon

The lavender essential oil gives this hand sanitizer made by sustainable, family-run company EO a relaxing and refreshing scent. It also contains vitamin E, vegetable glycerin, and jojoba seed oil, ingredients meant to nourish your hands so they won’t feel excessively dry. The alcohol is made from non-GMO sugar cane and it doesn’t contain any synthetic fragrances.

Everyone Hand Sanitizer Spray

Everyone Hand Sanitizer Spray
A fun blend of coconut and lemon.Amazon

Hand sanitizers don’t have to come with an overpowering smell of rubbing alcohol. This one by EO smells like lemon and coconut. The spray bottle makes it easy to sanitize doorknobs, light switches, your phone, and anything else you touch frequently, but might forget to clean.

Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer Spray

Dr. Bronner's - Organic Hand Sanitizer Spray
Carry it with you wherever you go.Amazon

Similar to Dr. Bronner’s soap, this product is simple and multi-purpose. You can use this portable spray hand sanitizer to clean your hands, surfaces, and even use it as an air freshener. It contains just four ingredients: organic ethyl alcohol, water, organic glycerin, and organic lavender oil. It’s made by a trusted company that’s been family-run since 1948.

EO Products Display Hand Sanitizer Wipes

EO Products Display Hand Sanitizer Wipes
They smell exceptionally good.Amazon

If you don’t like liquid hand sanitizer, wipes are a good alternative. These are scented with lavender essential oil and are intended to be moisturizing as well as disinfecting. If you tend to stay away from cleaning products with harsh chemicals, you’ll be able to use these as a gentler alternative to clean countertops and other surfaces in your home.

CleanWell Botanical Hand Sanitizer Spray

CleanWell Botanical Hand Sanitizer Spray
Alcohol-free hand sanitizer.Amazon

This is the only hand sanitizer on this list that isn’t alcohol-based. The cleansing ingredients are derived from thyme oil. The sanitizer also contains aloe leaf juice to moisturize your skin. CleanWell is ideal for kids and anyone sensitive to the effects of alcohol on their skin. It leaves a faint smell of thyme on your hands, and overall feels light, soft, and does not leave a sticky residue.

Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash

Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash
A woodsy, citrus smell.Amazon

This tiny bottle of gel-based hand sanitizer is super compact and convenient to carry around whenever you don’t have a sink. The mandarin orange peel oil and rosemary leaf oil are both naturally disinfecting ingredients. It has a citrus woodsy smell and won’t dehydrate your hands.

365 Everyday Value, Cucumber Aloe Hand Sanitizer Spray

365 Everyday Value, Cucumber Aloe Hand Sanitizer Spray
A cooling, spa-like scent.Amazon

The cooling qualities of cucumber and aloe give this hand sanitizer by Whole Foods Market’s 365 brand its calming, spa-like scent. It’s made with sunflower oil and glycerin, two ingredients that are known to keep your skin hydrated.