Hand santizer is still massively in demand. Medical authorities all over the world have advised that people wash their hands hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
With much of the world in lockdown, it's clear we're going to be needing hand sanitizer for a while yet. If you've been struggling to get hold of some, read on.
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We've been scouring the net for stocks of hand santizier (hand sanitiser). Read on for a guide to where you can still buy alcohol gel right now, in the United States, the UK and Australia (or use the links opposite to jump straight to your area). Stocks are looking seriously depleted in some areas – the US in particular – but we're monitoring the situation and constantly updating this page with any new supplies as soon as they become available.
Please don't buy more than you need – if manufacturers are ever going to catch up, everyone needs to start purchasing responsibly.
Remember that while hand sanitizer is an easy option, medical bodies say that using soap and water and following the correct hand washing steps is just as effective against the spread of the virus.
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Here's where to buy hand sanitizer right now. If you can't get hold of any, check back later, because we're updating this page every day.
USA: Where to buy hand sanitizer
Cabinet Preparedness Kit | $30 at Cabinet
This kit from Cabinet contains hand sanitizer spray (70% alcohol), as well as cold and flu medicine for day and night, and Acetaminophen. In short, it's a good pack to have if you're hit with flu-like symptoms. It's in stock now. There's also a "pay-what-you-can" policy for those in need.View Deal
Alcohol hand spray | From $8.95 at Radha Beauty
This alcohol hand spray is still in stock at Radha. It comes in 4oz bottles, and you can purchase in bulk for a discount. There's a lemongrass scent and it also contains aloe vera for softness. View Deal
Up&Up Hand Sanitizer with Aloe | $1.89 at Target
This alcohol gel has refreshing aloe in it to keep your hands smooth and supple. There's a 32fl oz bottle or 8 fl oz version – click to see if it's available to order or pickup in your area.View Deal
Up&Up hand sanitizer | $3.79 at Target
This 32fl oz pump-top bottle of hand sanitizer is in stock at Target. There's free order pickup at certain stores, and delivery in some areas. Click through to check availability.
Shop all available hand sanitizer and soap at Staples
Staples stocks a wide range of hand sanitizers, including refill packs. Browse the range yourself here. A lot of it is currently out of stock right now, but it's worth double-checking – you might get lucky.
Hand Sanitizer | Various prices at Sears Marketplace
There are a few sellers offering Hand Sanitizer gel via Sears marketplace. Be wary of any price hikes, and also delivery delays.
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer | $2.99 at Target
This 8 fl oz pump bottle of Purell Naturals hand sanitizer is in stock at Target. It uses 'plant-based alcohol', but it still contains 70% ethanol which is what you're looking for in a hand sanitizer. There's also a 2oz pump bottle available for $1.99.
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer | $3.79 at Walgreens
It's not in stock online, but click through to see if this double-strength hand sanitizer is available at your local Walgreens. Alternatively, browse all hand sanitizer and wipes at Walgreens.
Walgreens Advanced Hand Sanitizer | $4 at Walgreens
This 28oz bottle of hand sanitizer is out of stock for delivery, but click through and you can check the inventory at your local store by entering your zip code.
Purell Hand Sanitizer soothing gel with Aloe and Vitamin E | $2.99 at Target
This double-strength hand sanitizer comes with aloe and vitamin E to keep your hands soft – which could be a bit of a game-changer right now. Purell says one squirt of this is equal to two of another brand.
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Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer (33.8 fl oz): $5.49 at Target
Note: Available for pickup only, and we're not sure which (if any) stores actually have it in stock. This 1L tub of hand sanitizer promises to kill 99.99% of illness-causing germs.
UK: Where to buy hand sanitiser
Lakeland hand sanitiser | £3.99 at ebay
Pick up a 12ml tube or 50ml tube of Lakeland hand sanitiser at ebay right now. It's made in the UK, shipped promptly from Sheffield and contains 60% alcohol.View Deal
mylee antibacterial hand sanitizer | £16.99 at ebay
Grab a 200ml pot of antibacterial hand sanitiser at ebay. It's made in the UK, and there's free postage. It contains the recommended 70% alcohol.
AttackBac Hand Sanitizer (150ml) | £7.99 at AttackBac
For every bottle of this antibac spray sold, AttackBac will donate £1 to the NHS. It's lavender-scented, contains 70% alcohol, and has an atomiser spray head.
IHS Instant Hand Sanitizer (30ml) | £4.99 at ebay
Pick up this 30ml hand sanitizer at ebay right now – or go for two or three bottles to lower the price. It does have a slightly homemade look to it, but it's from a top-rated UK seller so that's fairly reassuring. It is 60% alcohol.View Deal
Acton Spirit hand sanitizer | £9 at Pai Skincare
This London-based brand offers a 'buy one, gift one' policy, which means for every tube of hand sanitiser gel you order, one goes to an NHS frontline worker, care home, homeless charity or beauty bank will receive a one too.View Deal
70% alcohol hand sanitiser | £9.95 at Farms2Fork
Farms2Fork provides food deliveries to those who are self-isolating, but also has a stock of hand sanitiser gel available to order. You can pick up a single 125ml bottle, or buy in bulk (handy for businesses).
The Bottle Club hand sanitizer | £4.99 at The Bottle Club
As you might suspect, the Bottle Club is usually all about booze. But right now it's also selling hand sanitizer – 55ml at 75% alcohol for under a fiver. Chuck in a nice bottle of red while you're at it and it's a one way ticket to a fun, and germ-free, evening in.View Deal
Medico hand sanitiser gel | £5.99 at ebay
With next day delivery if you order before 2pm, this could be a great way to get hold of some hand sanitiser gel fast. It comes from a UK seller but delivers worldwide, and contains the required 70% alcohol as well as aloe vera leaf extract to keep your hands soft. View Deal
Essential Antibac handwash | £1.30 at Waitrose
Waitrose Essential handwash is a great staple to have in your house for regular hand washing. This 500ml tub has a pump top for easy application.
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Click and collect at Superdrug
While Superdrug has no hand sanitizer to be delivered via online order, it does offer the option to ‘Order & Collect’ from your local store. Naturally, this is subject to availability at said shop.
Australia: Where to buy hand sanitizer
Scotts Instant Hand Sanitiser (60mL) available in 3, 6, 12 or 24 packs | starting at AU$26.95 on eBay
Great for kids in school or travel (for essential travel only, of course) you can take the 60mL Scotts instant hand sanitiser wherever you go. This product is Australian made, contains 70% ethanol and can be purchased in bulk in either 3, 6, 12 or 24 packs through eBay.
Sensori Hydra & Detox Hand Sanitiser (100mL) | AU$39 at David Jones
Trying to get your hands on some hand sanitiser but aren’t having much luck? Have no fear, David Jones is here! DJ's is one of the few retailers left that still stock the prized germ-killer so don’t waste time, grab yours today through the David Jones online store.
Primalgel Plus Hand Sanitizer Trio Pack | AU$12.50 at Strawberrynet
Take the extra precaution to protect yourself from germs by grabbing the Primalgel Plus Rinse-Free Hand Sanitizer Trio Pack for only AU12.50! This is a fantastic bargain, especially if you've got young children that constantly need their hands de-germ-ified. Don’t miss out and order yours today.
50ML Organic Choice Hand Sanitiser (4 pack) | AU$49.95 at Crazysales
This may be an expensive option but if you're a fan of organic, you can grab the Organic Choice hand sanitiser through the Crazysales online store (there's also an eight pack for AU$94.95) . Each bottle is a perfect travel-size 50mL, contains aloe vera to keep your hands moisturised, and you only need to use a tiny pea-sized amount to kill unwanted germs. This product is also Australian made and owned.
How to make homemade hand sanitizer
Let's say you know you're going to be out an about without ready access to soap and water, but you haven't been able to get your hands on any ready-made hand sanitiser. According to experts including Dr Anne Marie Helmenstine (who holds a PhD in biomedial sciences), it is possible to make your own 'hand sanitiser' at home, using Isopropyl alcohol (known as rubbing alcohol) and aloe vera gel.
To make your own, simply mix together 2/3 cup of 99% rubbing alcohol with 1/3 cup aloe vera gel. You can add 5-10 drops of essential oil to mask the smell of alcohol if you want, but this isn't essential. Then use a funnel to decant the mixture into a spray bottle or liquid soap container. Clearly label the bottle.
For your homemade hand sanitizer to work effectively, it needs to include at least 60% alcohol by volume. But if you don't include the aloe vera gel, it's going to dry your hands out pretty severely, pretty quickly.
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Does hand sanitizer protect against coronavirus?
Because coronavirus is a new illness, the official medical line on this isn't clear-cut. The NHS website says, "we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person" and that "similar viruses are spread in cough droplets".
The NHS advises using hand sanitizer gel only if soap and water are unavailable. Other recommendations include using your sleeve or a tissue to cover your mouth when sneezing, putting used tissues straight into a bin and washing your hands afterwards.
Also bear in mind that while hand sanitizer gels seem like the foolproof way to get your hands as clean as possible, they're not the magic solution you might assume. First up, for the hand sanitizer gel to effectively kill germs, it needs to be at least 60% alcohol – to be safe, look for a 60-95% alcohol concentration, and avoid alcohol-free options.
There are also other things that can make the alcohol gel, or vodka, less effective than you'd hope. The CDC warns that if your hands are very dirty or greasy, this can stop hand sanitizers from working properly. You also need to make sure you're using enough gel, and that you're not wiping off the gel before it's properly dry. Seriously, washing your hands is easier.
While hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands, they don't eliminate all types of germs. For certain types of germ – including norovirus – soap and water is more effective, according to the CDC.
What should I do if I can't find hand sanitizer?
So you haven't been able to get hold of any hand sanitizer. Don't worry. It's time to turn to good old-fashioned soap and water. To help guard against catching or spreading coronavirus, the NHS recommends washing your hands with soap and water regularly, following the official hand washing steps, including when you get home or arrive at work.
Once you've got your soap, it's time to brush up on your hand-washing technique. It's recommended you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Above is the official NHS video showing you how to wash your hands properly.
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