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Where To Buy Purell Hand Sanitizer

As fear of the coronavirus spreads, so many people have been buying Purell that Gojo Industries (the company that makes it) is boosting production of the hand sanitizer, a representative for the company confirmed to Business Insider.

where to buy purell hand sanitizer

Gojo Industries, the company that makes Purell, is a family-owned business that started in Ohio in 1946 and invented Purell hand sanitizer in 1988. A Gojo spokesperson told Business Insider the company does not comment on its financial information because it's privately held, but corporate intelligence website Owler estimates the company's annual revenue at $560 million.

The 47-year-old helped launch Purell hand sanitizer in the consumer market and also spearheaded the company's digital strategy in the late 1990s, according to CleanLink, a cleaning industry publication.

If you can't wash your hands properly with soap and water, you need an effective hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, according to the CDC. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the humble hand sanitizer became essential to help prevent the spread of the virus when handwashing wasn't an option and continues to be the go-to sanitizing option.

It's likely that the first brand that comes to mind when thinking of hand sanitizers is Purell; as Kleenex did for tissues, Purell's become a popular and incredibly recognizable gold standard. But that popularity created a bit of an inventory problem as Purell hand sanitizer became increasingly difficult to find throughout the pandemic.

Thankfully, Purell is back in stock at most retailers (Amazon, Walmart, Target, etc.), making it far easier to find. And as such, it's returned as our pick of the best overall hand sanitizer. But Purell's not alone, and there are several other brands that make gels, sprays, wipes, and other sanitizing products that are worth stocking up on for home, office, or on-the-go use.

To find the best, we tested a total of 44 hand sanitizers and narrowed down our six favorites below. You can read about how we tested each of them at the end of the guide and it's worth pointing out that all of the products featured meet the CDC's standards and FDA's guidelines for effective hand sanitizers.

At 70% ethyl alcohol, Palmpalm Hand Sanitizer Gel meets the CDC requirements for an effective hand sanitizer. Similar to how you'd use Purell, you rub the gel on your hands until they're dry. This took around 20 seconds during my testing and the additional glycerin left my hands feeling soft without any stickiness or irritation. While I often prefer an unscented product, the cucumber melon scent is light and dissipates quickly.

Palmpalm was founded in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic and was first supplied to essential workers. As the pandemic continued and shortages for hand sanitizers grew more apparent, the company expanded to sell products to the public. The company operates and controls its own supply chain so it's able to create and sell its hand sanitizers without going through a separate manufacturer and experiencing bottlenecks in the process.

The formula contains 62% ethyl alcohol to kill bacteria, as well as aloe and glycerin to prevent dry skin. While the gel and pump spray work well, the continuous spray is quicker to use and provides more thorough coverage to hands with less rubbing. I found the spray especially easy to use for my two-year-old grandson, providing an even coating of sanitizer to his hands that dried in around 10 seconds. There is a distinct scent of alcohol but it dissipates quickly.

The 70% ethyl alcohol level takes care of the germs on my hands and the glycerin and aloe formula leaves my hands feeling soft and moisturized. I have dry skin, so constant hand-washing and repeated use of some hand sanitizers have left them feeling rough in the last few months, but Sunytizer has taken care of that.

The first thing I noticed about Touchland Power Mist was the dispenser. While other hand sanitizers are presented in round spray or pump bottles, or squeezable tubes, Touchland's dispenser is flat and rectangular, like a thicker version of a smartphone. You can even purchase a silicone case with a keyring to loop around your purse, pocket, or backpack.

Touchland was created in 2010 in Barcelona and became available stateside in 2017. It was among the first to revamp what hand sanitizers could look like as it distinguished itself from a sea of household brands like Purell. We had positive experiences when we first tested Touchland in 2019, which you can read here.

We tested 44 hand sanitizers and picked five to be among the best after analyzing performance. Some of them just missed the cut based on our rankings of performance, ingredients, delivery method, availability, and in the case of wipes, cost per use. While the following were not selected as being among the best, they're all effective hand sanitizers and we'd still recommend them.

We don't recommend the following hand sanitizers after testing them. All the formulas include at least 60% alcohol so they meet CDC guidelines for an effective sanitizer, but they didn't meet our criteria. They dried out our hands, were not pleasant to use or smell, leaked during shipping, and in one unique case, given a warning by the FDA to remove misleading claims that its sanitizer could cure or prevent COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

I used a different hand sanitizer at least three times each day for several weeks while on the go and when working at my desk. I took into account how the product was formulated (as a gel, spray, or wipe), how easy it was to use, and how long it took the hand sanitizer to dry on my hands. I also noted how it felt when first applied and how my hands felt after the product dried.

I also researched each product to determine if it met the amount of alcohol for an effective hand sanitizer according to the CDC guidelines and FDA guidance, and made sure that they were not on the recall list of dangerous products (more below). All of this data was noted onto a spreadsheet and carefully analyzed before making the final selections of the best hand sanitizers.

Williams told us that despite retailers limiting quantities to ensure everyone has equal hand sanitizers, the brand has shipped more products to its retail partners in October than any other month. They've also increased production space to ramp up production efforts over the next six months.

We've seen more bottles of traditional hand sanitizer brands like Purell and Germ-X available online at places like Amazon and Target, but stock is still volatile and prices are often marked up. We don't suggest buying them at higher prices if you can help it, but we understand that personal safety and hand hygiene are more important than ever.

Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is best to remove germs and prevent the spread of any virus. But if you're in a situation where you can't easily wash your hands such as traveling, commuting, or running errands, then hand sanitizers are a viable option. Use a sanitizer that contains at least 60% ethanol (sometimes seen as ethyl) or at least 70% isopropyl (or isopropanol) alcohol, though it's important to note that hand sanitizers are not able to kill all types of germs or remove harmful chemicals like pesticides and heavy metals, according to the CDC. Alcohol-free sanitizers that rely on other ingredients are not effective in killing germs like norovirus and coronavirus.

More important than using an effective hand sanitizer is to use it correctly. If your hands are dirty, greasy, or heavily soiled, sanitizer alone will not be effective. Elliott suggests wiping your hands off with a paper towel or rinsing with water if that's available before doing a double application of hand sanitizer. This helps it remove most of the grime so the sanitizer can be effective.

The FDA has found that some hand sanitizers sold to consumers contain methanol or 1-propanol. According to the FDA, both ingredients are not acceptable for use in hand sanitizers because of toxicity to humans. They can cause serious side effects when absorbed through the skin and can cause blindness or death when swallowed.

Some hand sanitizers are also being packaged to look like food and drinks and include dyes and flavors, which can deceive shoppers into accidentally ingesting them. Any type of hand sanitizer can be toxic if ingested and we do not advise that anyone ingest hand sanitizer. Keep all hand sanitizers out of the reach of children under the age of six and do not use them on or near the eyes. Read the full list of brands to avoid here.

Purell, the inventor of hand sanitizer, is expecting that demand for the cleansing product will remain elevated from pre-coronavirus pandemic levels as the world emerges from the biggest global health crisis in a century.

Sales of the company's hand sanitizer have spiked triple digits amid the pandemic, and Carey Jaros, CEO of Purell parent Gojo Industries, told CNBC on Wednesday that she expects business to remain significantly higher than usual going forward.

Purell reports hand sanitizer sales surged 568% to $1.5 billion year over year through late February. To meet the unprecedented demand for cleaning products as consumers sought ways to lessen their chances of contracting Covid-19, the company pumped $400 million into expanding manufacturing capabilities, increased operations to around-the-clock production and hired more than 500 new employees last year.

"I truly believe that the combination of visible hygiene, which is, you know, sanitizer dispensers really in sight anywhere that customers can see them, and the power of the Purell brand means that demand absolutely will sustain," Jaros said.

To date, there are no hand sanitizers in Canada approved with COVID-19 related claims. Although they have not been tested for effectiveness against viruses such as coronaviruses, hand sanitizers can help reduce the risk of infection by, or spread of, microorganisms.

As with all drug products, Health Canada recommends that users always follow the directions for use on the product label. Never eat or drink hand sanitizers as ingesting even small amounts can be dangerous or fatal. 041b061a72


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