Hand Sanitizers

by Rona Berg

Hand sanitizer is something you always used to see when you visited someone at the hospital. That iconic Purell dispenser was, well, indispensable for doctors. But now, natural hand sanitizers are everywhere. And, as the summer travel season begins to heat up—with germy planes and trains on the horizon--you’ll want to take your portable hand sanitizer with you!

The global hand sanitizer market is expected to reach $1755 million by 2023, according to a new report published by Allied Market Research. With research indicating that triclosan, the ingredient in traditional hand sanitizers, may create a resistance to antibiotics, natural hand sanitizers are starting to blow up the market.

Hand sanitizer is an antiseptic intended to kill germs and prevent the transmission of infection through the hands. It is used in schools, restaurants, homes, and, of course, hospitals. Most moms carry a portable version in their purse, and frequent travelers find them indispensable on planes and trains. They’re so convenient—and they don’t need to be rinsed off!

Many of the new products rely on germ-killing herbal antiseptics, which can vanquish up to 99.9 percent of germs, including, in some cases, e.coli, salmonella, cold and flu viruses, and staph infections. Here are some natural favorites.

Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Organic Hand Sanitizer Fair Trade and certified organic, this hand sanitizing spray relies on organic ethanol and a range of essential oils.

Clean Well Natural Hand Sanitizer Relying on a range of essential oils like oregano, litsea, thyme and thymol, this purse-sized product promises to kill germs naturally.

Everyone Natural Hand Sanitizer Spray In a range of natural “flavors,” this EWG-verified hand sanitizer claims to be 99.9 percent effective against the most common germs, with alcohol derived from non-GMO sugar cane.

Mrs. Meyer’s Basil Clean Day Hand Sanitizer Featuring ethyl alcohol, aloe, basil extract and a host of essential oils, to kill germs without drying out the hands.

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