The Best Hand Sanitizers

These antibacterial all-stars—in every size, scent, and texture—will clean your hands without drying them out. Flu season, we’re ready for you.


Best Fragrance: Aēsop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Soap


Hand-sanitizer scents tend to get a bad rap. Not this nonsticky gel. With mandarin rind, rosemary, and cedar, the citrus-woody scent is so lovely, you won’t mind busting it out after every handshake.

To buy: $10;

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Best Travel-Size: Bath & Body Works PocketBac Hand Sanitizer in Energy


Sure, this one-ounce gel cleanses your hands, but the orange-ginger scent serves as a midday energy booster.

To buy: $2;

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Best Cream: Byredo Rinse-Free Hand Wash in Suede


Yes, it’s a splurge, but for those germ-prone nurses and teachers, this cream zaps bacteria while hydrating hands. Pear, lily of the valley, and amber—yum.

To buy: $30;

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Best Multiuse: Jao Refresher Not Just for Hands


Think of this jumbo, eight-ounce bottle as a portable kitchen sink. Lavender and tea tree disinfect hands, help shrink zits, and calm skin after shaving.

To buy: $18 for 8 oz.;

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Best Spray: The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray in Grapefruit Grove


One plant-based, quick-dry mist will get the job done—even on antsy kids.

To buy: $6 for 2;

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Best Foam: Tammy Fender The Purist Antibacterial Dry Hand Wash


A single airy puff cleanses hands and feet with 11 germ-fighting botanicals, such as thyme.

To buy: $14;

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Best Wipe: EO Lavender Hand Sanitizer Wipes


Stash these packets in your bag for cleansing on the go. In addition to swiping on your hands, wipe down your tray table and armrests while flying.

To buy: $14 for 24;

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