If you’re in need of some hand sanitizer – and quick! – for those times it’s inconvenient or downright impossible to wash your hands, it can be tempting to break your zero waste vows and buy a bottle of Purell or some of those tiny, glittery, super-scented, plastic bottles of brightly colored sanitizers at your local mall. But, never fear, we’ve found some quality places online to find zero waste hand sanitizer so that you won’t have to stoop so low!
Keep reading for the skinny on where to find zero waste hand sanitizers online and skip the crowds and the trash during your next global pandemic. Or, check out this post detailing how to make your own diy hand sanitizer spray!
Coronavirus disclaimer: Hand sanitizer is not a substitute for thorough hand washing according to CDC guidelines.
Look Ma! No Trash!
Next time you’re in a jam, and can’t get to some soap and water, try Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Sanitizer in Basil scent. Mrs. Meyer’s hand sanitizer is formulated with aloe vera extract, making it soothing for your skin. This sanitizer is great because it is misted with a spray nozzle instead of squeezed out as a slow-drying and sticky gel. Your hands are left soft and clean, not dry and tacky.
Mrs. Meyer’s packaging is made of at least 25% post consumer plastic and is recyclable when you’ve finished with the product. Just rinse and toss in the recycling bin. You can find all your favorite Mrs. Meyer’s products on the Grove Collaborative online.
It’s Organic. And Fair Trade. And Recyclable. Oh My!
Dr. Bronner’s knows what’s up. This Organic Hand Sanitizer Spray has a long list of credentials including: Made in the USA, Non-GMO, Cruelty-free, sulfate free, USDA organic, and vegan, to name a just a few.
Composed with just 4 ingredients including lavender oil, this sanitizer also comes in the form of a spray for convenient, non-sticky sanitation. If you’re feeling so inclined, it can also double as a room freshening spray, or triple as deodorant if you’re really in a bind!
Dr. Bronner’s bottles are made from 100% post-consumer recycled PET plastic bottles and can be recycled through your regular recycling program. Dr. Bronner’s soaps can be used for multiple cleaning purposes and come in sizes up to 96 oz. to help you cut down on both the number of different cleaning products you purchase as well as the number of Dr. Bronner’s bottles you need over time.
Can I Get A Refill?
The Good Fill will send you product in either glass bottles or in a pouch for refilling your existing bottles. Their NO-RINSE HAND CLEANSER has a 66% alcohol content, which is higher than the CDC recommends for killing bacteria, so you know it’s good at bacteria murder.
This Non-GMO, sustainably sourced alcohol isn’t too harsh on skin, and has a light pleasant scent. It comes with a spray nozzle for convenient misting, and isn’t sticky like conventional gels. This hand cleanser can also be sprayed on hard surfaces such as door knobs, light switches, and non-porous work surfaces.
The glass bottle can be reused, and the spray top can be sent back to The Good FIll for recycling via the TerraCycle program.
Keep It Clean, Non-Alcoholic, and Organic
Butter Me Up Organics Organic Hand Cleanser from Package Free is formulated using just four ingredients: organic witch hazel extract, lavender essential oil, aloe vera, vegetable glycerin. As you can see, it is alcohol free and contains a natural antiseptic in the form of witch hazel. Aloe vera is also included to help soften skin and prevent it from drying and cracking in these heavy hand washing times.
The glass bottle and paper label are both recyclable and the screw on plastic pump can be reused on any bottle it fits. (May also be recycled through Terra Cycle programs).
Kill Germs, Stay Healthy, And Wash Your Hands
Obviously, your best option for keeping bacteria free is warm water and soap. But when that isn’t a possibility the best way to keep yourself and others healthy and germ free is to keep those paws bacteria free to prevent the spread of illness. Zero waste hand cleansers and sanitizers are available, you just need to know where to look! If you are ready to order some zero waste hand sanitizer from an eco-friendly shop, make sure to share this list with all the other awesome eco-minded, clean-freaks out there!
All prices are accurate as of: 2020-04-20 and are subject to change.