Although experts are still learning more about the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, they’re unanimous in their recommendation that sanitizing your hands — whether by washing them with soap and water, or using a hand sanitizer that’s made from at least 60 percent alcohol — is the best way to avoid infection.
Per the recommendations, people should be washing their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds to avoid infection or using a hand sanitizer that is composed of at least 60 percent alcohol (like Orly Beauty’s hand sanitizer spray). According to the CDC, the alcohol content is extremely important when it comes to hand sanitizers because that’s what actually kills the bacteria on your hands — other hand sanitizers without this amount of alcohol will only stunt the growth of the bacteria, not remove it.
If done correctly, experts estimate that sanitizing your hands can reduce the rate of infection by respiratory illness infection by 16 to 21 percent, which is huge. To ensure you’re properly ridding your hands of germs, it’s recommended to apply the product to the palm of one of your hands and then rub the product all over both of your hands until it’s completely dry.
With the number of cases increasing within the U.S., it’s been difficult to find disinfectant cleaning items or hand sanitizers in stores or online. Stocks of these items have been depleted since as far back as January, so it’s a little difficult to just put in an order on Amazon right now and wait for it to come with Prime delivery. (You can still find some EPA-approved disinfectants at places like Petco if you know where to look.)
That said, there is still a limited supply of hand sanitizer available around the internet for anyone who needs to purchase some. Keep in mind that the situation is changing rapidly, however, and with stocks running low across the board, availability could fluctuate by the minute.
We will continuously update this post with the latest information and product availability as we have it.
Orly Beauty is known for its nail polish, but due to the pandemic, it has shifted all Los Angeles factory operations to producing this hand sanitizer spray. It’s made from just four ingredients, which are 75 percent isopropyl alcohol (well over the CDC guidelines for an effective sanitizer!), glycerin, hydrogen peroxide, and USP-grade purified water. The hand sanitizer spray comes in a pack of four 2-ounce bottles.
Purchasing a pack of four also helps Los Angeles’ homeless residents and the first responders in the city: The first 10,000 units produced have already been donated to the city, specifically to help the at-risk homeless population, and the company will continue to donate packs to vulnerable populations. Note: Each customer is limited to purchasing three packs.
Buy It! Orly Hand Sanitizer Spray, $19.95; orlybeauty.com
This Vegamour hand sanitizer comes in spray form and consists of 75 percent isopropyl alcohol — well over the CDC guidelines for an effective hand sanitizer. Purchasing one will also give back to the community: Vegamour is donating 20 percent of proceeds to Project Angel Food, which is preparing and delivering meals to vulnerable residents in Los Angeles. Orders are expected to ship out the week of May 11.
Buy It! Vegamour Hand Sanitizer Spray, $16; vegamour.com
Known for its line of nontoxic and hydrating baby products, Pipette Baby’s new hand sanitizer unsurprisingly lives up to the brand’s clean standards. The 8-ounce bottle is fragrance-free and made with hydrating squalane — so even though the sanitizer contains 65 percent USP grade alcohol, your hands won’t dry out from overuse.
Buy It! Pipette Hand Sanitizer, $4.99; pipettebaby.com
Purchasing Cabinet’s Preparedness Kit for $30 will not only get you two bottles of hand sanitizer spray — made from 70 percent alcohol, so well within CDC standards for effective cleansing — but also some other items that are currently rather difficult to find: a bottle of 500 mg acetaminophen, one box of non-drowsy cold medicine, and one box of nighttime cold medicine. (Note: If you’re a frontline worker or a healthcare worker, you can contact Cabinet to take advantage of special discounts and its PayWhatYouCan policy.)
Buy It! Cabinet Preparedness Kit, $30; wearecabinet.com
If you purchase one of these hand sanitizer bottles, you’ll actually get 8 ounces of product — that should last you a long while, considering most bottles of hand sanitizer are only about 2 ounces., and even they don’t run out that quickly. The reason the bottles are so big is because they’re actually refills — in an effort to eliminate single-use plastic, By Humankind sells large sizes of product that you’re meant to decant into any smaller hand sanitizer bottles that you may have left over from prior uses. You can buy the product unscented or with grapefruit essence, and buying four bottles will get you a 20 percent discount on your order. Note: This product will ship on or before May 5.
Buy It! By Humankind Hand Sanitizer, $20; byhumankind.com
Thanks to the aloe vera gel in this spray hand sanitizer, you can be sure that even after a ton of use, its alcohol won’t dry out your skin — it’ll only keep it clean like it’s supposed to. The addition of antibacterial tea tree oil will also ensure your hands remain cleaner for longer after you use the product, which means you can use it (and buy it) less often.
Buy It! 100% Pure Hand Sanitizer, $5; 100percentpure.com
Tonymoly is best known as a K-beauty brand responsible for staple serums and really cute packaging — and now, it’s also known for hand sanitizer. It’s formulated with 62 percent alcohol, which is well within the CDC guidelines for an effective hand sanitizer, and also includes witch hazel that helps ensure you’re not left with a sticky residue on your hands. Small enough to toss in your bag for easy access whenever you need it, the 1-ounce tube costs just $4.
Buy It! Tonymoly Aloe Chok Chok 62% Alcohol Hand Sanitizing Gel, $4; ulta.com
Highline Wellness’ $7 hand sanitizer isn’t your average sanitizer. Like everything else created by the company, it’s infused with 100 milligrams of CBD oil, which can help alleviate pain in your hands while keeping them as soft as possible (even with all that extra cleansing!). Along with the addition of CBD, it contains 70 percent isopropyl alcohol so your hands will be properly disinfected after every use.
Buy It! Highline Wellness CBD Hand Sanitizer, $7; highlinewellness.com
Peter Thomas Roth is known for its cult-favorite products in the beauty and skincare space, but now you can add hand sanitizer to that list, too. This hand sanitizer is made of 80 percent alcohol, which exceeds the CDC’s guidelines for an effective hand sanitizer. It comes in a 6-ounce bottle for $16, and every purchase goes towards Peter Thomas Roth’s goal of supplying frontline workers at New York’s Northwell Health Hospitals with 5,000 bottles of hand sanitizer. Note: There’s a limit of 10 per order.
Buy It! Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Antiseptic 80% Topical Solution, $16; peterthomasroth.com
This 16-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer from Megababe combines 62 percent ethyl alcohol to keep your hands clean with sweet almond oil, marula oil, geranium oil, and aloe to keep them soft. The alcohol is plant-based, so if you’re looking for a vegan product, this one’s for you.
Buy It! Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer Pump, $18; megababe.com
This hand sanitizer is only available for preorder right now, with an expected shipment date in early June. But considering coronavirus isn’t expected to go anywhere anytime soon, it’s not a bad idea to have a new shipment of hand sanitizer heading your way a few weeks from now. This one is made with 62 percent alcohol, and it comes in an 8.4-ounce bottle with a pump dispenser for easy and quick use. Skylar is also donating 20 percent of its initial hand sanitizer production to healthcare workers on the frontlines at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Buy It! Hand Sanitizer Gel, $12; skylar.com
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With 75 percent ethyl alcohol, this hand sanitizer by The Sis Kiss is well above the CDC’s recommendation for an effective disinfectant, so you can rest assured your hands are being thoroughly cleaned every time you use it. Available in a bundle pack of three 2-ounce bottles, this sanitizer is only available for preorder right now but will begin to ship out the week of May 23.
Buy It! Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer, $22; thesiskiss.com
This hand sanitizer comes in a two-pack of 8-ounce pump bottles for easy dispensing, so you can keep one at your desk and the other one in your car for quick sanitizing whenever you need it. In addition to a 70 percent alcohol content, this formula contains vitamin E to help keep your hands soft with every use. The best part? Right now, they’re on sale for $20 for two.
Buy It! Remedi Sanitize, $19.99 (orig. $37.98) healthyhandsanitizer.com
This hand sanitizer from Yoobi actually comes in a set of 50 single-use mini packs instead of a bottle, which makes for easier sanitizing on the go. When you want to use one, just grab a packet, tear it open, squeeze out the sanitizer, and dispose of the package. Easy peasy. The sanitizer itself consists of 70 percent alcohol to keep your hands germ-free and aloe to keep your skin soft. It’s available at Urban Outfitters for $25, and purchases are expected to ship on May 20.
Buy It! Yoobi Hand Sanitizer — Set Of 50, $25; urbanoutfitters.com
Like all of the options on this list, Lather’s hand sanitizer meets the CDC’s recommendation for an effective sanitizer with 65 percent ethyl alcohol. But this one contains another ingredient that sets it apart from the others: green tea extract, which is rich in antioxidants and will help your hands retain moisture and look softer (even after repeated use). It comes in a 10-ounce pump bottle for easy distribution, and customers are limited to three per order. Note: This product will begin shipping out on May 8.
Buy It! Lather Hand Sanitizer With Moisturizing Aloe, $18; lather.com
Previse DermApothecary is known for its vegan skincare, and now, it’s using that knowledge to manufacture hand sanitizers. With 75 percent isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, this is one powerful sanitizer — but thanks to the addition of glycerin, it won’t dry out your hands. It’s also totally vegan, like all of Previse’s other products, and comes in a spray-top bottle for easy application.
Buy It! Previse Hand Sanitizer, $6.25 (orig. $9.25); previsecare.com
This 1-ounce hand sanitizer bottle from Merci Handy is sold through Anthropologie for just $4 and it comes in a range of bright colors like pink, blue, and green. It’s also made with 67 percent alcohol content, so you can rest assured it’s effective against germs.
Buy It! Merci Handy Hand Sanitizer, $4; anthropologie.com
This hand sanitizer from Prim Botanicals comes in an 8-ounce tube with a handy squeeze top. This makes it easy to decant the sanitizer into smaller bottles so you can carry it around with you when you’re outside, or simply squeeze some into your hand if you want to use it straight from the tube. With 70 percent alcohol content, you’ll be protected no matter how you choose to use it.
Buy It! Prim Botanicals Shiny Happy Hands Hand Sanitizer, $29; anthropologie.com
This hand sanitizer from Sparitual comes in a four-pack of 2-ounce spray bottles for just $24. With 75 percent alcohol content, it’s a powerful sanitizer — and it’s also cruelty-free and vegan, so you can feel good about using it.
Buy It! Sparitual Hand Sanitizer Spray 4-pack, $24; thedetoxmarket.com
Eczema Honey’s hand sanitizer gel is fragrance-free, so if you’re sensitive to smells, this is a good option for you. It comes in an 8-ounce bottle that you can decant into smaller bottles to bring on the go, or use as is — either way, this size should last you a while. It contains 70 percent isopropyl alcohol, which is well within CDC recommendations for an effective hand sanitizer.
Buy It! Eczema Honey 8 oz. Hand Sanitizer Gel (Fragrance-Free), $14.99; eczemahoneyco.com
Clark’s Botanicals has directed its production resources to hand sanitizer in an effort to help both medical workers and the general public. A 4-ounce bottle of its sanitizer with 71 percent alcohol costs only $9. Clark's is also donating bottles directly to healthcare professionals at Northwell Health and Montefiore hospitals.
Buy It! Clark's Botanicals Hand Sanitizer, $8.63; clarksbotanicals.com
A mix of aloe vera and essentials may make this hand sanitizer by Touchland feel and smell amazing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not powerful: With 67 percent ethyl alcohol, a few spritzes of this product will ensure your hands are safe and germ-free. It comes in a pretty sleek 1.3-ounce package too, so you’ll just look like one of the cool kids carrying it around. This is available for pre-order now and expected to begin shipping out on June 10.
Buy It! Touchland Citrus Power Mist Hand Sanitizer, $12; revolve.com
This hand sanitizer comes in a 1-ounce bottle and contains 65 percent ethyl alcohol to keep your hands clean, as well as aloe vera and vitamin E to keep them soft. You can choose from eucalyptus, lavender, or watermelon scents, or you can go for the standard unscented version. While you can pre-order this hand sanitizer right now, it won’t begin shipping out until June 9.
Buy It! NCLA Hands Clean Hand Sanitizer, $8; revolve.com
Sexual wellness company Maude has launched its own brand of hand sanitizer, which contains 70 percent alcohol to keep your hands germ-free, as well as coconut oil to keep them from drying out with overuse. It’s $10 per 1-ounce glass bottle, and the product has a spray top for easy application. According to Maude, you should be able to get about 125 to 185 uses out of it.
Buy It! Clean no. 0, $10; maude.com
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