Keep your hands and your health protected this winter!

Non-Toxic Hand Cream


We're right in the middle of cold and flu season, which means we'll try anything to avoid getting sick. The most effective way to stop the spread of viruses is to wash your hands, which is why we're constantly washing our hands this time of year! All of that soap and hot water can leave your hands dry and cracked, so we rounded up our favorite non-toxic hand creams. These creams will keep your hands moisturized and protect them from the elements.

a) Andalou Naturals Clementine Hand Cream
b) ATTITUDE Sensitive Skin Hypoallergenic Hand Cream
c) Honest Company All Purpose Balm
d) Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream
e) Burt's Bees Hand Salve
f) Olio E Osso Hand Cream
g) Badger Hardworking Hands Healing Balm

We rely on EWG's consumer databases, the Think Dirty App, GoodGuide, and Made Safe in addition to consumer reviews and widespread availability of products at major retailers to generate these recommendations. Learn more on our methodology page.

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DIY Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer

Stay protected with our easy, three ingredient sanitizer!

Making your own hand sanitizer is easier than you think! This DIY version is perfect for when you're feeling crafty or if (in a worse case scenario) you can't find hand sanitizer in stores. This three ingredient hand sanitizer will keep you protected from germs while you're on-the-go without any unnecessary or harmful ingredients. All you need is: rubbing alcohol, aloe vera gel, and essential oils (if you want some fragrance). Make sure to only use rubbing alcohol that's 90% alcohol or higher. According to the CDC, hand sanitizer has to be at least 60% alcohol to be effective. Our rubbing alcohol will be diluted a bit by the aloe vera, which is why a high alcohol percentage is needed!

⁠⁠We recommend using a spray bottle with this hand sanitizer. A squeeze bottle will work too but it'll be a little more runny.

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While they might have stressed washing to avoid the spread of germs, that's only one of the many reasons you should always wash your hands (and get your kids used to religiously wash their hands too). Washing your hands properly - meaning two rounds worth of the Happy Birthday song - with soap and water not only kills any germs that you may have touched, but also helps remove other nasties like bits of dirt, flecks of flame retardants, and specks of dust. Check out our website for a roundup of great non-toxic hand soaps.
So, no matter how annoying it may seem, keep washing those hands and wrangling the kiddos to do the same. .
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But, before you start going around disinfecting everything and hunting down all the antibacterial soap you can find, hear us out. Antibacterial soap isn't actually any better at killing germs than regular soap and water. In fact, the FDA has told companies to take the ingredient (triclosan) that often makes items antibacterial out of products. Instead of making us healthier, it can actually lead to superbugs that are stronger and more resistant to antibiotics - which could mean when we do get sick it's worse. So, this cold and flu season, stick to the regular soap and water - and don't forget to actually wash your hands. .


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