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The Best Hand Sanitizers (That Aren’t Purell) on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best sanitizers for the kitchen, your baby, and your mouth — because this flu season is particularly nasty, we’re singling out the best hand sanitizers on Amazon if you’re sick of Purell, so you can still wipe up the subway pole, your grimy hands, and whatever your sneezing roommate’s been touching. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The Best Hand Sanitizer With Added Moisturizer

Avagard Healthcare Sanitizer Hand Gel With Moisturizer
$13 at Amazon

4.7 stars, 217 reviews

“I had to order the Avagard hand sanitizer because of my hand dermatitis, and my dermatologist recommended it. She also has this in her office, and she’s been using it for years. I was instructed by her to cut back on ‘wet work,’ like dishes, hand-washing, etc. Once my order came in and I tried it, I noticed how soft my hands felt. There is a slight chemical smell to it, but goes away instantly after it dries on your hands. I had my aunt try it, who is a registered nurse, and she was impressed. I know that when I use this, which has been every day for over a month now, that my hands will not only be protected from germs and viruses, but from dryness as well. I highly recommend this specific product to anyone really. Oh, also, it does not leave a weird sticky residue on your skin after it dries. Just a very lightly moisturized feel.”

The Best Oil and Botanical-Based Hand Sanitizer

Art Naturals Natural Hand Sanitizer
$12 at Amazon

4.4 stars, 215 reviews

“I bought these for the house and my office. I am so impressed with the great smells, and they don’t dry out my hands like typical hand gels. Really love these!!!”

The Best Lavender Oil–Infused Hand Sanitizer

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lavender Sanitizer
$12 at Amazon

4.8 stars, 129 reviews

“This stuff smells wonderful, and I love using something that feels more natural than Purell. Even my 5-year-old loves it. We often spray it on our pillows at night for a soothing bedtime scent!”

The Best Foaming Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer

Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Sanitizer
$18 for three at Amazon

4.3 stars, 395 reviews

“As a mom of twins, I am sanitizing everything. All the time. And after the kids started sticking everything in their mouths, I hated using the regular sanitizer, as I was nervous how much remained on my hands. Now I don’t have to worry! The foam is nice, and has a pleasant smell.”

The Best Industrial-Size Hand Sanitizer

EO Botanical Hand Sanitizer Gel
From $20 at Amazon

4.5 stars, 115 reviews

“A few years ago, when shopping at Whole Foods, they offered customers samples at the checkout line to clean their hands. It smelled wonderful and refreshing. I generally hate hand sanitizer, and I thought this was the best that I’d ever experienced. When I moved back to the USA and saw that I could order this on Amazon, I was so thrilled. My memories didn’t disappoint me. It works well on sanitizing and killing germs, and it’s incredibly pleasant to smell without unduly drying out my hands. This may become the sanitizer for the rest of my life.”

The Best Natural Hand-Sanitizer Spray

Cleanwell Natural Hand Sanitizer Spray
$15 at Amazon

4.2 stars, 324 reviews

“I love that these are gentle while they sanitize. It has a subtle, light smell that reminds me of herbs. It’s not a bad smell at all, and it doesn’t dry out my hands. I love it way better than gooping on that alcohol gel from those pump containers. And my hands don’t feel gross from having stuff globed all over them. It’s just a nice, light spritz. My co-worker used my Cleanwell spray and now she’s hooked on it, too. They are a good size for travel, so I keep one in my desk and one in my purse. You don’t have to worry about it leaking either. Good stuff.”

The Best Alcohol Hand-Sanitizer Wipes

4.8 stars, 348 reviews

“So satisfied with this product. They definitely are handy to have when you really need to wipe your hands down and feel confident that they’ve helped to remove any harmful bacteria that might be lurking on our hands. As a caregiver to a chronically ill person, I try my best to keep my hands as clean as possible. When hand soap isn’t available, then these help me feel cleaner.

They are a decent size, but I often use two to make sure I do a good job on my hands. They also are quite wet and have never encountered any that were dried out. So far, I’ve never had a problem with my hands drying out, either. They are a must-have in my handbag when I’m out and about running errands. Well worth the money for some peace of mind.”

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The Best Alcohol-Free Hand-Sanitizer Wipes

Babyganics Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizing Wipes
$9 at Amazon

4.5 stars, 285 reviews

“These alcohol-free hand-sanitizing wipes are great. I like that they come in small packages of 20 sheets, making my diaper bag lighter. These are great for all types of uses. I use it to clean anything that might come into contact with my baby’s mouth. For anything that doesn’t need to be alcohol-free, I use regular wipes.”

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