Although experts are still learning more about the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, they’re unanimous in their recommendation that sanitizing your hands — whether by washing them with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer — is the best way to avoid infection.
Per the recommendations, people should be washing their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer that is composed of at least 60 percent alcohol (such as Orly Beauty hand sanitizer spray) to avoid infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the alcohol content is extremely important when it comes to hand sanitizers because that’s what actually kills the bacteria on your hands — other hand sanitizers without this amount of alcohol will only stunt the growth of the bacteria, not remove it.
If done correctly, experts estimate that sanitizing your hands can reduce the rate of infection by respiratory illness infection by 16 to 21 percent, which is huge. To ensure you’re properly ridding your hands of germs, it’s recommended to apply the product to the palm of one of your hands, and then rub the product all over both of your hands until it’s completely dry.
With the number of cases increasing within the U.S., it’s been difficult to find disinfectant cleaning items or hand sanitizers in stores or online. Stocks of these items have been depleted since as far back as January, so it’s a little difficult to just put in an order on Amazon right now and wait for it to come with Prime delivery. (You can still find some EPA-approved disinfectants at places like Petco if you know where to look.)
That said, there is still a limited supply of hand sanitizer available around the internet for purchase for anyone who needs some. Keep in mind that the situation is changing rapidly, however, and with stocks running low across the board, availability could fluctuate by the minute.
We will continuously update this post with the latest information and product availability as we have it.
Orly Beauty is known for its nail polish, but due to the pandemic, it has shifted all Los Angeles factory operations to producing this hand sanitizer spray. It’s made from just four ingredients, which are 75 percent isopropyl alcohol (well over the CDC guidelines for an effective sanitizer!), glycerin, hydrogen peroxide, and USP-grade purified water. The hand sanitizer spray comes in a pack of four 2 fl oz. bottles.
Purchasing a pack of four also helps Los Angeles’ homeless residents and the first responders in the city: The first 10,000 units produced have already been donated to the city, specifically to help the at-risk homeless population, and the company will continue to donate packs to vulnerable populations. Note: Each customer is limited to purchasing three packs.
Buy It! Orly Hand Sanitizer Spray, $24; orlybeauty.com
This Vegamour hand sanitizer comes in spray form and consists of 75 percent isopropyl alcohol — well over the CDC guidelines for an effective hand sanitizer. Purchasing one will also give back to the community: Vegamour is donating 20 percent of proceeds to the Los Angeles Food Bank to help groups especially affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The 2-oz. size is currently out of stock, but a 6-oz. bottle is available at a limit of three per customer as of this writing.
Buy It! Vegamour Hand Sanitizer Spray, $16; vegamour.com
As it turns out, Peter Thomas Roth — the celeb-loved brand previously praised by A-listers like Kim Kardashian West — is good for more than just glow-inducing skincare. Its new travel-sized spray hand sanitizer is made of nearly 80 percent antiseptic alcohol and makes a great alternative for when scrubbing up with soap and water just isn’t an option. Along with the company’s shift in production, it’s donating 5,000 bottles of the hand sanitizer to Northwell Health Hospitals in New York.
Buy It! Peter Thomas Roth Hand Sanitizer, $10; peterthomasroth.com
Known for its line of nontoxic and hydrating baby products, Pipette Baby’s new hand sanitizer unsurprisingly lives up to the brand’s clean standards. The 8-oz. bottle is fragrance-free and made with hydrating squalane — so even though the sanitizer contains 65 percent USP grade alcohol, your hands won’t dry out from overuse.
Buy It! Pipette Hand Sanitizer, $4.99; pipettebaby.com
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