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Powerful hand sanitisers that are kind to your hands (and not sold out yet)

March 10th 2020 / 0 comment

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Hand gel is hard to come by at the moment, but these three are still available - and won't leave your hands dry

If you’re one of the many people rushing out to buy hand sanitiser amid the coronavirus furore, you might have noticed that the shelves of Boots, Superdrug and Sainsbury's are bare, with some people even turning to making their own sanitiser at home from surgical spirit.

To be effective hand sanitiser needs to have 60 per cent alcohol, as this will kill the virus, but as we all know actually washing your hands is preferable to using a hand gel, as our resident GP Dr Johanna Ward reminds us: “The most important thing that we can do right now to prevent coronavirus is to practice good personal hygiene. Handwashing is the single most important preventative hygiene measure. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water many times throughout the day. If you cannot get near a sink then use a hand gel with at least 60 per cent alcohol in it as this will kill the virus. The coronavirus has a structure that the alcohol can attack.”

Despite the high street shelves being bereft of sanitisers, there is still a selection of germ-battling ones available online, all with 60 per cent alcohol. Here are the ones we're reaching for to keep bugs at bay - and as a bonus, they're kind to hands as we know alcohol is one of the most drying ingredients out there.

Woodies CBD Hand Sanitiser, £14.99

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This is the first CBD hand sanitiser we’ve heard of and the inclusion of the ingredient makes perfect sense - CBD works hard to soothe and moisturise skin that’s sore from the excessive cleansing that we’re all doing at the moment. This has 90 per cent alcohol and 250mg of CBD.

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Tints of Nature Hand Sanitising Spray, £5.99 for 50ml

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The first batch of this sanitiser was released to businesses, community stores, hospitals and pharmacies in the local area of Lymington, where it was created, but now it's available for the general public. It contains 80 per cent alcohol as well as a moisturising agent to care for hands.

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Botanicals Sanitising Spritz, £8.95

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Organic skincare brand Botanicals has completely switched production in the factory to exclusively create this hand sanitiser, putting all other products on hold. It's 100 per cent natural, 100 per cent vegan and certified organic by the Soil Association - providing gentle yet effective antibacterial protection without the use of chemical nasties. It has 60 per cent alcohol derived from sugar beet to sanitise, plus lavender and tea tree essential oils.

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Previse Hand Sanitiser, £10

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Formulated with 75 per cent isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and glycerin, this hand sanitiser was created by Previse in double-quick time to address the demand for hand cleansers. It launched on March 26 and was in stock at the time of writing - be quick though, we predict a sell out.

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Pai Acton Spirit Hand Sanitiser, £9

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We've long loved Pai skincare for their sensitive skin products and now in response to the demand for hand sanitiser, the brand has created one! The first batch, created in South Acton - hence the name, was distributed to neighbouring schools, nurseries and charities and the second batch should be ready from 30th March, with a buy one, gift one initiative - for every type you buy one is given to a school, nurse or beauty bank charity.

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Salcura Bioskin Hand Sanitiser, £8.99

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Vegan skincare brand Salcura tends to make products without chemicals, parabens or alcohol, however as it's impossible to make an effective hand sanitiser without alcohol, the brand worked to create a cleanser that retains a level of skin-friendliness, adding tea tree and lavender to the mix, which are godsends for dehydrated skin.

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Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitiser, Lavender, £5.25 for 60ml

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This calming scented spray kills germs with a simple formula containing 62 per cent ethyl alcohol, water, organic lavender oil and organic glycerine so it’s also kind to hands.

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Margaret Dabbs Hand Sanitiser, from £12

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Enriched with hemp seed oil and seaweed extract to soothe the skin, this cleanser not only contains 65 per cent alcohol but within the formulation there’s also white water lily which has been shown to have powerful antibacterial properties, says Shabir Daya, pharmacist and co-founder of victoriahealth.com. "This hand sanitiser also helps to moisturise hands - many alcohol-based sanitisers dry the hands resulting in cracks from which infection-causing organisms can spread into the body," he says.

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Edge Nails Hand Sanitiser Spray, £8.34 for 200ml

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This no-frills hand sanitiser is designed for use by professional nail technicians during manicures and pedicures and is made with 75 per cent alcohol. It's fast-drying meaning it's not the most gentle on your hands but follow with one of our favourite hand creams and you'll be golden.

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Mad Beauty Disney Hand Sanitisers, £3.75 each

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Don't be fooled by the cute appearance of these Disney hand sanitisers - they pack a powerful anti-bacterial punch, with 62 per cent alcohol. They smell nice too, in coconut, melon, strawberry and vanilla fragrances. Yes, you might feel a little silly whipping out a Bambi cleanser in a meeting but at least your hands will be clean.

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Mad Beauty Neon Hand Sanitiser, £3.50 each

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For a less character-centric cleanse, these from Mad Beauty are a good choice. They also have 62 per cent alcohol in and come in rose, melon, coconut and cherry scents.

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Soaper Duper Hydrating Lemon Hand Gel, £3.99 for 50ml

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Soaper Duper's sanitiser smells fresh and zingy making us feel like it's working extra hard - which it is, as it contains 64 per cent alcohol, along with aloe vera to stop it from drying out your hands. CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK, AWAITING NEWS OF A RESTOCK.

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