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10 Best Hand Sanitizers, According to Medical Professionals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend hand washing as one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from infectious diseases, but if that’s not an option, using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is a good alternative.

In July 2020, the FDA warned consumers about hand sanitizers that contained methanol and released a list of brands that should not be used.

Here are the 10 best hand sanitizers that you can easily buy right now. All of the products in this article meet the CDC’s and FDA’s guidelines and recommendations.

  1. Best Hand Sanitizer Overall

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer


A top pick for hospitals, doctors’ offices, and homes is Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer. It is formulated with 70% ethyl alcohol, which is higher than the minimum recommended by the CDC.

If you’re looking for a hand sanitizer with a light fragrance and soothing qualities, Purell offers a formula with aloe vera. With triple action moisturizers, it keeps your skin soft.

One Step Hand Sanitizer


If you’re sensitive to fragrance, this unscented option should be your go-to.

Contains 70% Ethyl Alcohol for extra strength antiseptic cleansing. Hypoallergenic. Dermatologist Tested. Fragrance Free.

One Step Hand Sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs within seconds! Enriched with Aloe to moisturize hands, leaving them soft and smooth without a sticky residue.

Megababe Squeaky Hand Sanitizer

Available at megababe.com

Megababe contains 62 percent ethyl alcohol as well as sweet almond oil, marula oil, geranium oil, and more. The essential oils give the formula a pleasant, sweet smell and provide extra hydration for your skin.

Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer

Most kid-approved hand sanitizers are alcohol-free, so finding a formula with ingredients safe for your little one’s hands is priority number one for many parents.

Made from plant-derived products, Babyganics is also free from harsh ingredients like artificial fragrances, dyes, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. However, it may not be as effective as an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Orly Hand Sanitizer Spray

Available at orly.com

This sanitizer’s streamlined formula skips fragrances and oils in favor of efficiency. The spray-on formula has just 4 ingredients—hydrogen peroxide, glycerin, purified water, and 75% isopropyl alcohol.

Humankind Hand Sanitizer

Available at byhumandkind.com

Wellness brand by Humankind is all about promoting a more sustainable lifestyle, and its latest launch is no exception. Its ethically-made hand sanitizer—available in grapefruit or unscented formulas—boasts a 65% alcohol concentration and hyaluronic acid, an anti-aging ingredient that helps skin hold water.

In an effort to reduce waste, the brand’s 8-ounce bottle is made from aluminum and holds enough product to refill a pocket-sized bottle 4 times.

Vegamour Hand Sanitizer Spray

Available at vegamour.com

Vegamour’s plant-based option smells like calming lavender and citrus peel, and it delivers a 75% alcohol concentration in every spray. The vegan ingredients won’t dry out hands thanks to skin-friendly agents like marula oil and aloe vera.

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer 1 oz Travel Size

Commuting in public places and eating with dirty hands is unhygienic. Of course, nobody wants to fall sick and obliterate the holiday fun. Therefore, it is important to always carry a mini bottle of hand sanitizer in your bag. A hand sanitizer can be used anytime, anyplace, without water or towels.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces in carry-on bags until further notice.

Previse Hand Sanitizer

Available at previsecare.com

Previse pivoted production to hand sanitizer overnight after coronavirus caused a spike in demand. The Indie brand kept skincare in mind when developing the sanitizer, combining necessary ingredients like 75% isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide with a hydrating boost of glycerin to prevent skin from drying out post-application. And yes, it’s still vegan.

  1. Best Hydrating

Pipette Hand Sanitizer

Available at pipette.com

Baby brand Pipette created this fragrance-free gel to give small hands a safe sanitizer. You’ll still find the CDC-recommended alcohol level, 65%, in the formula, but it also includes a dose of hydrating squalane oil and glycerin. That means you can count on hands that are sanitized and soft—no hand cream necessary.


This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this medical condition or process and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnosis or recommendation for treatment of your medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress, please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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