If you were to make a list of all the surfaces your hands touch in a day, how long do you think it would be? Well certainly more than a hundred!
While that isn’t too surprising, what will shock you is the number of germs your hands are coming in contact with every single day. Approximately 80% of infections caused by the flu, rotavirus, Staphylococcus and E. coli are transmitted through our hands. And we can pick these up from the most common spots – cell phones, kitchen sponges, fridge handle, TV remote, handbag, elevator buttons, soap dispensers, grocery carts, cash – the list goes on!
This is why keeping our hands clean is so important. The most common method is by using soap and water and it is still the most important one. However, there are situations when soap and water may not be available. There are also some pathogens that may be left behind by regular soap. And for all these, a hand sanitizer comes to the rescue.
5 Best Natural Hand Sanitizers in India
However, commercially available hand sanitizers are 63% alcohol. If this gets swallowed by mistake, as can happen with kids, it can cause alcohol poisoning. That’s why there is an increased demand for sanitizers made with natural substances, which don’t disrupt our body’s natural defenses. Here are the top 5 best natural hand sanitizers available in India.
1. Herbal Strategi NatureClean Hand Sanitizer
Just like its name suggests, the NatureClean sanitizer gets rid of germs the natural way. This is done with the help of ingredients like lemongrass oil, neem oil, lemon oil and tulsi oil.
Neem and lemon has been used since generations to clean, thanks to their antibacterial properties. The presence of tulsi oil ensures that hands stay soft and supple without drying out.
You can buy the Herbal Strategi NatureClean Hand Sanitizer at Rs.70.00 for 100ml.
2. TreeWear Natural Alcohol-free Hand Sanitizer
TreeWear is an environment friendly company that believes in creating a sustainable balance, so that we plant trees for the natural resources we use up. All their products are produced to ensure zero waste, so they can promote a green lifestyle.
The Energizing Blend hand sanitizer has been formulated so that hands stay moisturized while also keeping them germ-free. It is made using essential oils and is completely alcohol free.
3. Palm Safe Alcohol-free Hand Sanitizer Foam
If you worry about wastage when using hand sanitizer or use up too much to cover your hands, your problem is now solved! Pee Safe, the company that revolutionized toilet use for women on the go, has launched Palm safe, a foam style hand sanitizer.
The foam doesn’t just ensure effective coverage and protection from germs, it’s also softer on the skin. The alcohol free formulation also ensures that the skin on hands doesn’t dry out and stays fresh
You can buy the Palm Safe Hand Sanitizer Foam at Rs.140.00 for 60ml.
4. Puro Herbal Hand Sanitizer Gel
Puro Herbal provides the perfect pocket friendly solution to keeping your hands clean while on the move. The sanitizer comes in little sachets that are perfect for one time use, and also for kids who tend to pour on too much from a bottle!
Available in 3 variants – Lemon, Basil and Vanilla – this sanitizer is a treat for the senses, including the skin! It contains completely herbal ingredients like Ushira, Dhanyaka and Sathi, ensuring your hands stay soft and clean.
You can buy the Puro Herbal Hand Sanitizer Gel at Rs.250.00 for 2 boxes of 50 sachets each.
5. Herbo Clean Mint Hand Sanitizer
When a sanitizer smells of something as fresh as mint, it feels like the germs are dying right there, even if you can’t see them! That fresh fragrance is a characteristic of the compact Herbo Clean sanitizer. At just 18ml, this is as purse-friendly as it gets!
But don’t judge the sanitizer by its size. With powerful ingredients like basil, rosemary, eucalyptus, clove, neem and of course, mint, this is a sanitizer that’s ruthless on germs, without the harmful effects of alcohol.
You can buy the Herbo Clean Mint Hand Sanitizer at Rs.85.00 for 18ml.
When using hand sanitizer, take a coin-sized drop in the palm of one and rub it all over the surfaces of both hands until they are completely dry. Use a hand sanitizer in the kitchen, in the bathroom and while traveling. Health care workers are recommended to use sanitizers more frequently as their job requires.