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.
With a relaxing 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.
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.
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.
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.