They all meet the CDC guidelines for an effective hand sanitizer.

By Tanya Ghahremani
Updated May 14, 2020
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As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, it has never been more important to ensure you’re keeping your hands clean by either hand-washing or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

Considering how necessary they are, hand sanitizers have become extremely difficult to find, especially at big-box stores. However, if you know where to look, it’s not impossible to buy some. Beauty brands like Orly and Tonymoly have pivoted from making nail polish and skincare, respectively, to producing hand sanitizers, and other brands have simply added hand sanitizers to their collections.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, a hand sanitizer must contain at least 60 percent alcohol content to be considered effective against viruses like the coronavirus. This is extremely important, as sanitizers with less alcohol — or a different active ingredient altogether — may not fully kill the bacteria on your hands, which could lead to infection. It should also be used frequently, especially after touching high-contact surfaces like doorknobs or railings or coming into contact with people outside of your home.

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Correctly sanitizing your hands can have a huge effect on your health, especially during a pandemic: Washing your hands or using a CDC-approved hand sanitizer can reduce your risk of respiratory illness by 16 to 21 percent. To use hand sanitizer properly, it’s recommended that you apply a healthy amount to the palm of one hand and rub it all over both of them — ensuring you get some between your fingers and under your nails — until they’re completely dry.

All of the hand sanitizers below are available online right now, and some purchases will even benefit people currently working on the frontlines in the fight against the virus. Each contains at least the minimum recommended amount of alcohol by the CDC. 

Product supplies are fluctuating by the second, so we’ll keep this post updated as more hand sanitizers become available.

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This hand sanitizer includes ingredients like sweet almond oil, marula oil, geranium oil, and aloe to help keep your hands soft despite the harsh, drying alcohols that are meant to keep them clean. In other words, using it frequently won’t result in cracked knuckles. Plus, its 16-fluid-ounce size is more than enough to last you a while.

To buy: megababebeauty.com, $18

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Cabinet offers “preparedness kits” that include hand sanitizers as well as some other hard-to-find items like acetaminophen and daytime and nighttime cold medication. Two two-fluid-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer top off the kit. It’s $30 for the set, but if you’re a healthcare or frontline worker, you can contact the company for special discounts and/or support. 

To buy: wearecabinet.com, $30

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While Skylar won’t begin shipping this out until early June, you can put in your order now to ensure you’ll receive a delivery when it’s available. Just $12 will get you 8.4 fluid ounces of sanitizer that consists of 62 percent ethyl alcohol and antimicrobial witch hazel. Plus, Skylar is donating 20 percent of its initial production of the hand sanitizer to frontline healthcare workers at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

To buy: skylar.com, $12

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Tonymoly normally produces cult favorite K-beauty products with adorable packaging, but due to the global pandemic, it has pivoted to hand sanitizer. This product comes in a one-ounce tube that you can easily carry around during grocery trips — and it’s only $4. Since Tonymoly is a skincare brand, this hand sanitizer includes witch hazel to keep your hands soft and residue-free with each use. 

To buy: ulta.com, $4

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Highline Wellness is known for its CBD-infused products, which now includes hand sanitizer. It includes 70 percent alcohol as well as aloe and CBD oil to leave your hands soft and refreshed even after frequent use.

To buy: highlinewellness.com, $7

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By Humankind’s hand sanitizer comes in large aluminum bottles that are meant to be decanted into small, squeezable plastic containers you may already have around the house. Each bottle has eight ounces of sanitizer, so it’ll fill between three to four smaller containers. You can choose from either an unscented version or one with grapefruit essence, and buying four bottles will get you 20 percent off your order.

To buy: byhumankind.com, from $20

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Pipette traditionally offers nontoxic baby products, so you can be sure its hand sanitizer is made with similarly clean ingredients. For $5, you get an eight-ounce bottle of sanitizer made with 65 percent alcohol content as well as squalane to ensure your hands remain as hydrated as possible after multiple uses. 

To buy: pipettebaby.com, $5

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This hand sanitizer is made with 62 percent ethyl alcohol, but it won’t strip your hands of hydration thanks to the addition of aloe vera gel. Its antibacterial tea tree oil ensures that your hands remain germ-free longer, so you can use the product less and still know it’s working. 

To buy: 100percentpure.com, $5

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Orly normally produces nail polish, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has shifted its Los Angeles-based factory to producing this hand sanitizer. Ingredient-wise, its alcohol content is well above CDC guidelines for an effective hand sanitizer — it contains 75 percent isopropyl alcohol — and its other components are fragrance-and oil-free. The $20 will get you a pack of four two-ounce spray bottles, and each customer is limited to three packs. 

The company is donating 10,000 units of hand sanitizer to the City of Los Angeles in an effort to support the city’s at-risk homeless population. Orly says it will continue to provide support to first responders and vulnerable communities throughout the pandemic.

To buy: orlybeauty.com, $20

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Peter Thomas Roth is usually known for its fantastic skincare products, but now, it’s also known for its new hand sanitizer. The powerful formula contains 80 percent alcohol content — which is well above the CDC’s recommendation of 60 percent alcohol content in an effective hand sanitizer. A 6-ounce spray bottle costs $16, and every purchase will help support the brand’s initiative to donate 5,000 hand sanitizers to frontline hospital workers at Northwell Health Hospitals across New York. Note: You’re limited to purchasing 10 hand sanitizers per order.

To buy: peterthomasroth.com, $16

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This hand sanitizer won’t begin shipping out until the week of May 23. But considering experts don’t expect the coronavirus to go anywhere anytime soon, it’s not a bad idea to have more sanitizer on its way to you in a few weeks. This product comes in a pack of three 2-ounce bottles and is made with 75 percent alcohol to keep your hands clean and sanitized.

To buy: thesiskiss.com, $22

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Remedi’s hand sanitizer contains both vitamin E and 70 percent alcohol, so your hands will remain hydrated as they’re sanitized. This product comes in a pack of two 8-ounce bottles with pump dispensers for safe and easy application.

To buy: healthyhandsanitizer.com, $20 (originally $38)

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Yoobi’s hand sanitizer, which you can find at Urban Outfitters, is actually packaged for individual use, so all you need to do when you want to use it is rip open the packet and squeeze the sanitizer into your hands (then dispose of its packaging). 50 packets costs $25, and they’ll begin shipping out May 20.

To buy: urbanoutfitters.com, $25

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Lather’s new hand sanitizer is made with 65 percent alcohol — which is over the CDC recommendation of 60 percent — so you can be sure it’ll get your hands clean with every use. It also contains aloe to help prevent your hands from getting dry and flaky, as well as green tea extract to soften them. The hand sanitizer comes in a 10-ounce bottle, which should last you a long time, and it has a pump-top dispenser for easy application. 

To buy: lather.com, $18

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Previse DermApothecary specializes in vegan skincare, but during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s pivoted to producing much-needed hand sanitizer. This sanitizer contains 75 percent isopropyl alcohol as well as sterilizing hydrogen peroxide, so you can be sure it’s powerful — but it also contains glycerin to protect your hands from drying and cracking. It comes in a 2-ounce bottle with a spray top.

To buy: previsecare.com, $7 (originally $10)

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Containing 67 percent alcohol content, this sanitizer comes in a 1-ounce bottle that’s compact enough to carry around in your bag (or even your pocket) when you’re outside. It comes in a range of bright colors, like pink, blue, and green, each with a different scent. 

To buy: anthropologie.com, $4

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This Prim Botanicals hand sanitizer comes in an 8-ounce tube that’s perfect for keeping around the house or for decanting into smaller bottles to carry around with you. With 70 percent alcohol content, it’s effective at killing germs, and it’s infused with aloe vera to keep your hands soft even with frequent use.

To buy: anthropologie.com, $29

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This hand sanitizer is cruelty-free and vegan, so you can rest assured you’re using something  sustainable to protect yourself from germs. It comes in a four-pack of 2-ounce spray bottles for easy application, and contains 75 percent isopropyl alcohol — well above the CDC recommendations for an effective hand sanitizer.

To buy: thedetoxmarket.com, $24

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This gentle, fragrance-free hand sanitizer is ideal for anyone who’s sensitive to different scents. Available in an 8-ounce bottle, it uses 70 percent ethyl alcohol to keep your hands germ-free, while the addition of glycerin keeps them hydrated.  

To buy: eczemahoneyco.com, $15

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Skincare brand Clark’s Botanicals pivoted its entire production line to hand sanitizer in an effort to ensure medical personnel and the general public have access to a CDC-approved sanitizer. A 4-ounce bottle costs just $9 and contains 71 percent ethyl alcohol to keep your hands clean with every use.

To buy: clarksbotanicals.com, $9

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This hand sanitizer from Touchland comes in five different scents — lavender, aloe vera, citrus, watermelon, or unscented — but each contains the same amount of alcohol to your hands safe and germ-free. In fact, it has a pretty decent amount: this sanitizer contains 67 percent ethyl alcohol, which is higher than the CDC recommendation for an effective hand sanitizer. It also comes in a spray-top container so that you can mist the product over your hands for easy application.

To buy: revolve.com, $12

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