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Comparing Hand Cleansers

 

The Guide to Healthy Living September 2007

 

Comparing Hand Cleansers

Washing your hands with soap and water is best say the experts—it’s the friction of rubbing hands together that works. But a sink isn’t always available, so what about those on-the-go hand sanitizers teachers and parents love so well? See how our product panel and your peers rated the most popular antibacterial cleansers.

 
price
$2.29
$5.00
$1.79
$5.00
$2.19
$0.90
smell
Clean but antiseptic
Zesty grapefruit scent that lasted through next washing
Light and lemony
Way too strong, but you could tell whether your kid washed her hands or just rinsed!
Redolent of rubbing alcohol
Fresh and familiar
feel
Refreshing and wet, so it feels like you’re getting your hands clean
Moisturizing power nice because typical antibacterial gels are so drying
Refreshing, but is it really getting my hands clean?
Soft and squishy, makes you want to wash your hands
Check kids’ hands for cuts—the alcohol in the gel might burn!
Like it’s getting the job done
ease of use
Portable, but you  need a place to toss used wipes
Convenient to carry
Easy to store, but nozzle is hard to aim, and pump broke after a few sprays
Convenient if there’s a water source nearby
Can take it anywhere
Gotta have a sink and towel handy
kid factor
“Smells a little bit like cleaner”
“Feels medicine-y, like it’s working”
“Oooh, I like this one”
(Giggle) “Smells like sour grapes”
“Nice to know you’re ‘lotioning’ and cleaning at the same time”
“Soap and water is the best!”