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Whether it's a pump, squirt, wipe or spray bottle, hand sanitizer is proving to be a small but powerful tool for hand hygiene. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, and as states begin to reopen across the country, sales of alcohol-based cleansers have skyrocketed because our "new normal" involves disinfecting our hands way more than usual.
According to the World Health Organization, regular and thorough hand washing with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub can kill viruses that may be on your hands (not to mention grime, germs and bacteria you've picked up while running essential errands). Just like with a face mask, when you reduce your chances of being infected, you also reduce your chances of spreading COVID-19 to people around you.
And because the more you know, the WHO has a few tips for using and storing your own hand sanitizer properly. First, keep all hand sanitizers (and cleaning products in general) out of reach of children and pets -- this stuff can be poisonous to them, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's minimum formula requirement is 60% alcohol. If you do have kids, teach them how to apply sanitizer and monitor their use. Speaking of usage, all you need is a coin-sized amount for both hands if you're using a gel. After rubbing it in, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose -- it'll cause irritation. Finally, keep all alcohol-based sanitizers away from open flames and stovetops, as they are very flammable.
Oh, and an extra tip from the ET Style team: Make sure you're applying moisturizer or lotion to your skin, as all that washing hands with hand soap can lead to dry skin. We've been singing the praises of our favorite moisturizers, and we're especially pumped about Glossier's brand-new hand cream (plus the fact that the beauty company donated the first 10,000 bottles to hospital and healthcare workers).
Your local Target might have sold out of Purell hand sanitizer months ago and Amazon's supply of hand sanitizer product options, toilet paper and disinfecting wipes are hit-or-miss. But don't worry -- plenty of other companies have liquid hand sanitizer in stock right now. Find all sizes of bottles below, and keep checking back as we update this story with even more options for where to buy hand sanitizer.
The 71% ethyl alcohol kills 99.9% of germs and the vitamin E keep hands soft. Oars + Alps is providing hand sanitizer to first responders and vulnerable populations in Chicago and New York -- every purchase helps support these efforts.
These bottles contain 65% alcohol and hyaluronic acid, and ship for free. One dollar from every purchase goes to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which provides emergency support to neighbors in the NYC area.
This moisturizing, quick-drying hand sanitizer spray is formulated with organic ingredients, including aloe vera, marula oil and 75% isopropyl alcohol. Twenty percent of proceeds from every purchase will go to Project Angel Food, which supplies healthy meals to people affected by life-threatening illnesses throughout Los Angeles.
Get six eight-ounce pump bottles of 70% alcohol Remedi Pure hand sanitizer -- which contains vitamin E to help heal your hands while cleaning them -- and share with your friends and family. While you're shopping the site, grab some of their disposable face masks and foaming hand soap, too.
This hand sanitizer contains 75% alcohol, centella asiatica extract, aloe and vitamin E. Purchase by itself or receive one for free with any $30 purchase -- either way, Winky Lux will donate a bottle to an essential worker in need.
This 75% alcohol hand purifying gel contains hyaluronic acid and aloe vera to leave your hands soft and hydrated. Choose from pink grapefruit or calming lavender scents. Learn about Herbivore's give-back initiative here.
And we thought we couldn't love this beauty brand any more. This 80% alcohol formula comes in a spray bottle, and every purchase supports Peter Thomas Roth's initiative to provide hand sanitizer to the heroes at Northwell Health Hospitals, New York's largest healthcare provider.
Each two-ounce spray bottle contains 75% isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, hydrogen peroxide and purified water. The nail polish company is donating 10,000 units to the City of Los Angeles, with a special emphasis on serving the city’s at-risk homeless population.