Hand sanitizers might be hard to find in stores right now, but we found made in USA hand sanitizers that are available online. Spray, gel, travel size or by the gallon…we have it all in this list.
But first… Are you wondering what that alcohol percent on hand sanitizer labels means and why it is there? Well I was. I noticed when I was putting this list together that there were many different alcohol percentages available.
What does the alcohol percent on the hand sanitizer bottle even mean?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that if we are not able to wash our hands with soap and water, then a hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol alcohol is sufficient to use to kill coronavirus germs. A while back, we published a recipe to make your own hand sanitizer, but it is important that you understand the different types of alcohol and the effective percentages if you want to go that route.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has published guidelines that allow manufacturers who don't normally produce hand sanitizer to do during the declared pandemic emergency, to keep up with the country's high demand. These guidelines help to ensure that hand sanitizers sold to the public actually do what they are meant to do to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the FDA published guidelines, the alcohol level varies depending on the type of alcohol (ethanol or isopropanol), and the amount of other active ingredients, like hydrogen peroxide and glycerine. Please note: These are just guidelines, not requirements. The FDA recommended alcohol percents are higher than the CDCs.
So now this leads me to wonder….
What's the difference between ethanol and isopropanol alcohol?
Ethanol alcohol is the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages. Ethanol has to be at least 120 proof to be effective, which is why a lot of distilleries have been adding sanitizer to their product line. Isopropanol alcohol is what most refer to as rubbing alcohol. Please note: Sanitizers made with ethanol will smell like booze!
Now that you know what you are looking for when you read those hand sanitizer labels! All of the made in USA hand sanitizers listed below meet the CDC's suggested alcohol levels.
Why should I buy American Made hand sanitizer?
We'll give you two good reasons: Buying American is the best way to be sure you are getting ingredients you can trust and Buying American is an easy way to support American businesses right now when they need it most..
Anytime you need to trust the quality and quantity of ingredients in a product, it is always a good idea to choose an American made product. Anytime you are putting a product directly on your skin, it is always a good idea to choose an American made product. That's why we give you so many lists about Made in USA beauty, bath, body, and nutrition products. We are fortunate to have many excellent USA made options in those categories and there is no reason to take a chance on questionable products from overseas. Now we can add hand sanitizers to that list.
As we bring the American economy back, the best thing we all can do is try to buy American whenever possible. Now in some categories, that's a tall order. But you know you are going to need lots of hand sanitizer. Let's not compromise on that one. There are many excellent made in USA sources for hand sanitizer. From cosmetic companies, to distilleries, to cleaning companies, some of them were already making sanitizer when the demand jumped. Others leaped into action when we needed them most. Stop haunting the grocery stores daily for the dominant brands. Don't even think about buying something from overseas. Go ahead and place an order with one of these American companies and feel good about your choice.
Made in USA Hand Sanitizers
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