With a few family adventures coming up this Summer, I’m in the market for a new hand sanitizer. I’m not one to carry around the little bottle of germ-fighting gel. More accurately, it’s down there buried in the bag with the best intentions, I just never think to use it. I’m a little lazy and dirty like that. The one time that I appreciate having it on hand (get it? HA) is while traveling. It seems that I, and any tiny tot traveling with me, get sick every time we board a plane. So I asked the mamas in my little network about their favorites and there were some definite winners, although good-ol’ soap and water was the preferred method of germ killing when available. Here are the front runners of hand sanitizing gel in 5 important categories:
Cleanwell All Natural Sanitizer sets the industry standard for for “green” hand sanitizer. It is all-natural, made from a blend or essential oils and kills 99.9% of germs. It is free of toxic chemicals like Triclosan, which are often found in hand sanitizers. It is also biodegradable and animal-cruelty free…
Best for Baby
BabyGanics: The Germinator is alcohol and fragrance free and receives rave reviews from moms. BabyGanics is also known for its environment and health conscious product development standards.
Best smelling was really a personal thing but Bath and Body Works has a variety of yummy scents like Cucumber Melon, Lemon, and Warm Vanilla Sugar. Other scented options came from Yankee Candle and Scentsy. Although some say unscented is the best scent of all!
The Uniom Jack PocketBac Holder from Bath and Body Works offers a convenient handle and a little pop of Brit fun.
It comes as no surprise that our best value pick is from old standby Purell. There are cheaper options but Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisture Therapy also rates well in environmental responsibility and low-risk ingredients according to this study. We’ve also heard that it frequently recommended by dermatologists for people with sensitivities to soap.