10 Best Hand Sanitisers For The Whole Family

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In the midst of a pandemic, most of us have become well-practised in the art of hand sanitation.

Though the summer has offered a little respite, the coronavirus is far from gone, and it goes without saying that it is still incredibly important to keep ourselves safe, clean and free of germs. This starts first and foremost with cleaning our hands.

A hand sanitiser is a liquid, gel or foam that can be applied to dry hands to kill germs. A good one will contain ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, which work to kill harmful bacteria and viruses that have been transferred to our hands, and a solution should contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective. Having said this, it isn't always practical to use an alcoholic product on children; they can be damaging to young, sensitive skin and are also harmful when ingested (a possibility with young children who are always putting their hands in their mouths). We have therefore included a range of products on our list so you can pick the best one for your family.

Though leading experts agree that the best way to stay clean and safe is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, this isn't always practical. Out and about, it isn't possible to constantly be dashing into toilets to use the sink. A good rinse-free antibacterial hand gel is therefore the most effective and convenient way to rid our hands of germs between washes. Though they're not 100% effective (they take 20 to 30 seconds to kill viruses and some will survive), they're better than nothing and are a great thing to keep in our bags along with our face masks for staying safe on-the-go.

Read on to discover our pick of the best hand sanitisers for families and find which one suits you best.

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Kidadl's Top Pick

Whilst all the hand sanitisers on our list come highly recommended, this one ticks all our boxes. It's alcohol-based, affordable and has a lovely, fruity smell to boot.

1. The Body Shop Mango Hand Cleanse Gel, 60ml

The Body Shop Mango Hand Cleanse Gel.

We understand that some parents, particularly those of very young children, might choose not to go with an alcohol hand sanitiser, but we believe it's the best, most effective way to protect your family from COVID-19. This mango-scented hand gel from the body shop contains 73% alcohol, well over the government-recommended 60%, so you can be sure you're providing the best possible protection. It's also pocket-sized, great value and smells amazing, and the packaging is neutral enough that it's suitable for family members of all ages. Squeeze a pea-sized blob into your own hands and rub them over your child's, holding them until the product has completely dried.

Main Features

  • Price: £2.50
  • High 73% alcohol-based formulation
  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria
  • Mango scent
  • Travel size
  • Vegan

Best For Sensitive Skin

2. Green People Organic Children Sticky Hand Sanitiser, 100ml

Green People Organic Children Sticky Hand Sanitiser.

This kids' hand sanitiser from organic skincare favourite Green People makes use of the antiseptic properties of tea tree oil. Completely natural and alcohol-free, this is among the best hand sanitisers for younger, more sensitive skin (and for little kids who are prone to putting fingers in their mouths). The handy pump makes application quick and easy and, though it's a little pricier (hey, it's organic!), a little goes a long way. Bear in mind, this will not be as effective as alcohol sanitisers, so try to wash little hands more often if you can.

Main Features

  • Price: £10
  • Alcohol-free
  • Eczema friendly
  • Vegan

Best For Under 10s

3. Mucky Pups Hand Sanitiser, 50ml

Mucky Pups Hand Sanitiser.

A foaming sanitiser is a great incentive for kids who act up every time you stop playtime to try and get their hands clean. The foam is so fun and easy to apply, they'll actually want to use it. Suitable for children two and older, this rinse-free hand sanitiser is 99.9% effective against bacteria, viruses, spores and moulds. It's alcohol and fragrance-free, so great for sensitive skin.

Main Features

  • Price: £5
  • Alcohol-free
  • Kills 99.99% bacteria
  • Foamy consistency
  • Fragrance-free
  • Travel size

Best For Parents

4. thisworks Stress Check Clean Hands Hand Gel, 60ml

thisworks Stress Check Clean Hands Hand Gel.

A lovely, nourishing option for mature hands from skincare experts thisworks, this hand sanitiser contains more than the recommended alcohol content to provide the highest level of protection but is also bursting with skin-moisturising hyaluronic acid and soothing camomile, lavender and neroli essential oils. 98% natural and yet killing 99.9% of bacteria, this wonder-worker is sure to leave hands clean, moisturised and sweet-smelling.

Main Features

  • Price: £4
  • 70% alcohol
  • Kills 99.99% bacteria
  • Contains hyaluronic acid
  • Contains 100% natural essential oils
  • Travel size

Best For Under 5s

5. Peppa Pig Hand Sanitiser Gel, 50ml

Peppa Pig Hand Sanitiser Gel.

Suitable for children aged 3+, this cute little Peppa Pig hand gel is a great option for little hands. It's super affordable, smells like melon, and the fun, familiar Peppa Pig packaging is sure to make it more appealing to reluctant children. It's alcohol-free but still purportedly kills 99.99% of bacteria and is also nice and dinky, so can easily be packed into the pocket of a child's coat or school bag.

Main Features

  • Price: £1.49
  • Alcohol-free
  • Kills 99.99% bacteria
  • Melon scent
  • Travel size

Best Value

6. Holland And Barrett I Love Hand Sanitiser, 250ml

Holland And Barrett I Love Hand Sanitiser.

This no-frills rinse-free hand sanitiser from Holland and Barrett has the 70% alcohol content that will keep your family clean and safe. It's 99% natural, contains skin-nourishing vitamin E and at £1.20 / 100ml, it's great value. It's also the perfect size for a family on the move - at 250ml there's enough to last the whole family a good while, but it won't weigh down your bag too much.

Main Features

  • Price: £3
  • 70% alcohol
  • Contains vitamin E

Best For Teens

7. WE ARE PARADOXX Natural Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitiser Spray, 75ml

WE ARE PARADOXX Natural Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitiser Spray.

Trendy enviro-conscious beauty label We Are Paradoxx has released an all-natural, spray-on hand sanitiser with 70% alcohol content that is sure to be a hit with teens. It's vegan, cruelty-free and 90% plastic-free, so will satisfy any young eco-warrior's credentials, and also boasts soothing tea tree oil to help nourish dry, irritated hands. Plus the packaging is cool, which does tend to help.

Main Features

  • Price: £7
  • 70% alcohol
  • Kills 99.99% bacteria
  • Contains tea tree extract
  • Plastic-free
  • 90% plastic-free
  • Vegan
  • Travel size

Best Bulk Buy

8. Mama Mio Cleansing Hand Gels, 5 x 50ml

Mama Mio Cleansing Hand Gels.

This five pack of cute mini rinse-free hand gels from pregnancy skincare brand Mama Mio is a great option for families - just dole one out to everyone and send them on their way! Each hand sanitiser contains 60% alcohol and is infused with lovely notes of orange and bergamot. And at £10 for the lot, they're a bit of a steal.  

Main Features

  • Price: £10
  • 60% alcohol
  • 100% natural orange and bergamot fragrance
  • Multi-pack

Best Sustainable Option

9. Beauty Kitchen Refillable Organic Hand Sanitiser, 50ml +300ml Refill Pack

Beauty Kitchen Refillable Organic Hand Sanitiser.

It's an undeniable fact: the rapid increase in demand for hand sanitisers is going to result in a huge increase in the number of single-use plastic sanitiser bottles being thrown away. If you're looking for a more environmentally friendly option, try Beauty Kitchen: they use sustainable packaging and provide a larger refill pack so you don't have to keep buying tiny disposable ones. The product itself has a 60% alcohol content and is infused with essential oils. It's also vegan and free from microplastics, naturally.

Main Features

  • Price: £19.99
  • 60% alcohol
  • Contains essential oils
  • Plastic-free
  • Sustainably packaged
  • Vegan
  • Travel Size

Best For Newborns

10. Vital Baby AQUAINT Sanitising Water, 500ml

Vital Baby AQUAINT Sanitising Water.

If you're looking to protect your baby as best you can but are worried about using harsh chemicals, this sanitising water from Vital Baby is just the thing. Able to be used from birth, it only has two ingredients: water and Hypochlorous Acid, a natural acid that's produced in the human body to fight germs and bacteria. It's 100% natural and super versatile; it can be sprayed onto baby skin, changing tables, toys, cutlery, highchairs and anything else your baby might come into contact with whilst you're out and about. It doesn't need to be wiped and it's even safe to swallow. The best hand sanitiser for our littlest family members.

Main Features

  • Price: £4.24
  • Alcohol-free
  • Kills 99.99% bacteria
  • Spray bottle

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for the best hand sanitisers then why not take a look at the best kids' face masks, or for something different take a look at some great bags for travel.

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