We all know the CDC recommends to always wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. But if you’ve ever been on the road with a baby, or had to hit up the grocery store really quick, that’s not always an option. Earth Mama Lavender Hand Sanitizer to the rescue! Formulated according to FDA guidelines, it’s 80% alcohol, free of methanol and 1-propanol, and contains glycerin to leave your hands less dry.
So if you’re out and about and find yourself soap-and-water-less, go ahead and spritz Lavender Hand Sanitizer generously on your hands, rubbing briskly until it’s evaporated. And after it’s dry, a gentle, calming scent of lavender essential oil will remain — which you can bet will be a helpful assistant during any stressful situations. Like the inevitable diaper explosion.
- Hand sanitizer to help reduce bacteria that potentially can cause disease. For use when soap and water are not available.
- Formulated according to FDA guidelines
- 80% alcohol - contains glycerin to make hands less dry
- NO methanol, 1-propanol, denatonium benzoate, silicone and propylene glycol
Hand hygiene works: A recent study in Clinical Infectious Diseases showed that SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can stay on the skin for up to 9 hours — but was completely inactivated within 15 seconds of exposure to 80% ethanol. So whether it’s 20 seconds with soap and water, or 15 seconds with Earth Mama Hand Sanitizer, it’s well worth your time.
About denaturants: Hand sanitizers are over-the-counter (OTC) products regulated by the FDA. And all ethanol alcohol used in hand sanitizers is required by the FDA to be denatured with an additive, rendering it undrinkable. And while there are dozens of inexpensive, highly toxic denaturants. The FDA doesn’t allow manufacturers to list alcohol denaturants in the ingredients. Full transparency: Earth Mama’s Hand Sanitizer denaturant is lavender essential oil. You won’t see it on the ingredients panel, but … you will smell it.
Your best bet: simply be aware and find a brand you can trust. Beware of marketing language: for instance, it might sound kid-friendly, but may still contain toxic ingredients. The good news? The FDA is maintaining a list of do-not-use hand sanitizers — check it out right here.