Ah choo…cough cough…AH! It’s attack of the invading germs from people around you who aren’t using the proper techniques to cough and sneeze. When in doubt people, please use your elbow! AHHHHHHHHHHH, even my kid knows to do that. Do you know how often I still see people sneezing INTO their hands?!!! Then, I watch and next thing you know, I see those exact same hands reach for a communal transit handle bar. GGGGGROSSSSS. Transfer of germs that could otherwise be avoided is my biggest pet peeve because I know it can be prevented with a few changes to everyday habits. UGH.
Well, it should be no surprise to regular readers of ThingsThatWeDo.com that our family uses hand sanitizer. Now, we’re not using them every single minute of our lives. We’re quite aware that when the hand sanitizer hits, it kills all bacteria good or bad (mind you, organic material should be removed by regular hand washing first to make the sanitizer more effective). Having said that, you never know when you need some hand sanitizer as a back up plan.
Now, most of us know that hand sanitizers are usually alcohol based and will do a number of your skin so I’ve been looking for a kinder alternative. Enter Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer. I saw this in my colleague’s purse the other day and then headed over to my local health food store after she gave it the thumbs up. Let’s take a look and see what the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer is all about.
Product Review: What Ingredients are in the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer?
For this product review, I picked up a few of the 1 oz Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer bottles. Each bottle apparently comes with more than 225 sprays.
I don’t know heads or tails when I look at the ingredients listed on the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer so I decided to do a little leg work and visited their site. Special thanks to the Clean Well site for listing all their ingredients and explaining what each ingredient does. The information below comes directly from their site:
Thymus Vulgaris Oil (thyme oil, a natural antimicrobial)
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (aloe vera, a natural emollient and skin conditioner)
Citric Acid (an antioxidant and environmentally benign cleaning agent)
Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange oil)
Copper PCA (a skin conditioner and naturally occurring mineral found in human skin)
Hydrolized Oats (a skin conditioner)
Litsea Cubeba (Litsea) Oil (a natural essential oil),
Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Oil (a natural essential oil fragrance)
Sodium Citrate (a natural pH balancer)
Sodium Coco-Sulfate (a plant-based emulsifier derived from coconut)
Hydroxypropyl Sulfonate (a plant-based emulsifier derived from corn sugar and coconut oil)
My thoughts on the ingredients used for the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer? Although I don’t recognize many of the more formal names, I do see words that I know like thyme oil, aloe vera, orange oil, and oregano oil. There is something very comforting about that. On top of it all, it’s great to see how natural the ingredients are. Right there, the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer is mountains above the more generic alcohol based hand sanitizers.
Product Testing: How is the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer?
My daughter (7 years old) and I did the product testing for the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer since she and I have the worst skin (eczema and all that jazz). At the time of this post, we’ve been using the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer for about a month now and can safely say that it is definitely better for your skin than the alcohol based hand sanitizers. Our hands felt better and much less dry.
The Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer comes with a nifty flip cap that you can easily flip open. However, the spray nozzle isn’t the easiest mechanism for young children to use independently. It’s sometimes hard for little fingers to accurately aim the spray nozzle in the right direction while pumping 2 or 3 times to get enough of the sanitizer to be effective. So, if you decide to use this Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer with children, I’d suggest you either make sure an adult is nearby or wait until your child can independently work the nozzle without getting it into their eyes before letting them have their own bottle.
I have no idea whether the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer is effective at killing germs or not but then again, I didn’t know if the alcohol based sanitizers were either. At least this way my hands weren’t all chafed and dry from the alcohol.
My daughter also really liked the smell of the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer. I was surprised by this because the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer does have a very different smell than the alcohol based hand sanitizers. The Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer smells earthier, like a fresh green garden, and she really responded to this.
I really like the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer even if the spray nozzle isn’t as easy to use as it could be. My hands and my daughter’s hands appreciate the gentleness of the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer. It isn’t harsh and abrasive and it feels good to know that those bad icky germs are destroyed as they should be.
I recognize that the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer may not be the cheapest alternative but it’s not like the alcohol sanitizers are exactly affordable either. At least this way, your skin will thank you. If you’re thinking of a less abrasive alternative to your conventional alcohol based hand sanitizer, you should really give the Clean Well all natural hand sanitizer a try.
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