Hand sanitizers are now something that we must have with us pretty much everywhere we go. It is part of the new normal, and that’s okay because hand sanitizers go a long way in keeping us healthy and protected against a whole range of germs and bacteria (Covid-19 included).
And while we recommend everyone to have a hand sanitizer with them at all times, it is important to remember that all hand sanitizers are not created equal.
In fact, thanks to Covid-19, it has been discovered that quite a few hand sanitizers are not actually using the correct ingredients to successfully fight away germs and bacteria.
So how do you know what hand sanitizers to get? Well, we are here to share with you the ingredients that the best hand sanitizer has, so you know what to look out for when you’re deciding what brand to purchase next.
In general, hand sanitizers should have simple and pure ingredients. Here are the top ingredients to look out for:
1. At least 60% Isopropyl alcohol
Your hand sanitizer needs at least 60% Isopropyl alcohol to be able to actually make an impact on getting rid of those germs and bacteria you may have come into contact with. But the best hand sanitizers normally have at least 80% Isopropyl alcohol in the ingredients to ensure that the hand sanitizer gets the job done.
2. A low amount of Hydrogen Peroxide
To balance out the alcohol and ensure that the hand sanitizer kills those germs, it is important to have a small amount of hydrogen peroxide present in the ingredients. The general rule of thumb is that the amount should not exceed more than 0.125% though—anything more is really not necessary.
3. Purified water
To truly balance out the chemicals you are rubbing on your hands, the hand sanitizer should have purified water as one of the key ingredients as well. That way your skin is not overwhelmed by just chemicals and you will get some moisturizing benefits from the purified water rather than your skin getting completely dried out.
Now, hand sanitizers do need a thicker substance to hold everything together. Glycerin is a natural solution to being a binding agent and normally comes from things like coconut oil. Glycerin does not have any fragrances and is commonly used in a range of skincare products.
5. Essential oils
When we are hand sanitizing our hands all the time, it is nice to give them a little treat as well. So having some essential oils like lavender or tea tree oil (or even lemon juice) can not only counteract the alcohol smell of the hand sanitizer but make it a pleasant experience for both your nose and your hands.
As mentioned before, hand sanitizer ingredients should be as natural and simple as possible. There should not be any nasty chemical names listed that you’ve never heard of before and there is no need to have methanol either, as studies show it actually does more harm than good.
Choose a hand sanitizer that keeps it honest and simple, where only a few sprays or drops can go a long way in having a big impact on your overall health. You will know that the ingredients are good because your hand sanitizer should not be dripping everywhere—it should be easy for your skin to quickly absorbs without making a huge mess.
Another great way to tell that your hand sanitizer is made of the correct ingredients is to ensure that it is a World Health Organization approved hand sanitizer. And of course, make sure the label reads “made in America”, because now more than ever we should be supporting local!