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Gel Hand Sanitizers

Gel hand sanitizers eliminate the need for water or towels when washing hands. The gel absorbs into the skin, so it doesn't need to be wiped away, and it kills germs quickly. Staples® has products to meet all your sanitizing needs, including sanitizing gel, liquid soaps, foaming hand washes, and hand sanitizers.

Ingredients in Gel Hand Sanitizers
Hand cleaners usually use ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol. The alcohol kills many germs and is one of the best antiseptic disinfectants. Alcohol evaporates quickly, so there's no need to dry your hands after application. Along with alcohol, liquid soap hand sanitizers contain other ingredients to create a gel substance that spreads evenly over the skin and doesn't need to be washed off. The alcohol does not clean off dirt or grime like soap. Instead, it kills bacteria and germs that reside on the skin.

Different Types of Gel Hand Sanitizers
Because alcohol is drying, many sanitizers also contain some type of moisturizer to help keep hands soft. Aloe, Vitamin E, and various nut or vegetable oils are common moisturizing ingredients. Most gels are unscented, as some people are sensitive to aromatic compounds. There are some scented gels on the market, including lemon. Most use natural aromatics for safe and mild scents.

Packaging types include bottles with pumps that allows users to squirt out gel without handling the bottle, portable squeeze bottles that are small enough to fit inside bags or pockets, and refillable wall dispensers for use in hospitals, kitchens, or restrooms.

Is There a Gel Hand Sanitizer That Is Good for the Environment?
There are a few companies that use plant based ingredients in gel sanitizers which promise to kill just as many germs as alcohol-based gels. They also use plant-based ingredients to create the gel, including wood cellulose and vegetable glycerin. To keep hands moisturized, these natural gels use aloe and Vitamin E. Sanitizing gels with these ingredients are good for the environment and safe for hands. Some hand cleaners are even labeled as USDA Certified Biobased products, which use renewable resources, or Green Seal certified, promoting sustainability.

Do Gel Hand Sanitizers Expire?
Hand sanitizers do have an expiration date, usually about three years after the manufacture date. That doesn't mean that the product isn't still useful after three years. Over time, the alcohol in the bottle will evaporate. This will happen faster if the bottle is left open. Sanitizer is considered expired when the amount of alcohol drops below 90 percent of the initial amount. Unopened bottles can be stored for years without lessening the product's effectiveness.

Are Gel Hand Sanitizers FDA Approved?
Hand sanitizers meant to be used in health care locations are tested by the FDA. The tests check to see how well the gel works, how long it lasts, and if it is harmful to the user. Consumer versions are also tested by the FDA and changes have been made to allowed ingredients over the years. Many companies will state on the product's packaging that it fulfills all the testing standards.
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PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel, Pump Top, 2 oz., 24/Ct
Item : 607827
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  • Scientifically advanced, patent-pending foam formulation kills the most germs.
  • Outperforms other hand sanitizers ounce for ounce. Kills more than 99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness.
  • Enhanced with a nourishing blend of four different skin-conditioners that are clinically proven to help maintain skin health. Milder on skin than hand washing.
67.99 $67.99
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Purell® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Gel Display Bowl, 1 oz. Bottle, 36/Bowl
Item : 472104
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  • Instant Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • Clear display bowl makes it easy to offer small size bottles of Purell
  • Holds (36) 1 fl oz. bottles
41.99 $41.99
36/Carton
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3M Avagard™ Gel Instant Hand Antiseptic with Moisturizers, 16.9 oz.
Item : 1666573
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  • Instant hand antiseptic with moisturizers
  • 16.9 fl. oz. pump bottle
  • Contains 66% w/w(73% v/v) Ethyl Alcohol
12.99 $12.99
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Sterillium® Comfort Gel™ Hand Sanitizers
Item : SS1100274
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  • Hand Sanitizer Type.
  • Latex-free.
  • Clear.
As low as 29.99 $29.99
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PURELL® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Gel, Lemon, 8 oz, 12/Carton (3030-12-CMR)
Item : GOJ303012CMR
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  • Advanced instant hand sanitizer gel.
  • Advanced instant hand sanitizer gel kills 99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness. Works in as little as 15 seconds. No water or towels needed. Specially formulated with moisturizers to leave hands feeling soft and refreshed. Alcohol-based.
  • Package Includes: 12 bottles
77.99 $77.99
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GOJO® PURELL® LTX-7™ Advanced Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer Gel, 700 ml, 3/Pack
Item : 318562
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  • The world's first green certified hand sanitizer
  • Kills 99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness
  • Scientifically advanced, patent-pending formulation kills the most germs
34.89 $34.89
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GOJO® PURELL® ADX-7™ Advanced Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer Gel, 700 ml, 4/Pack
Item : 318588
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  • Packing type: Cartridge
  • Quantity: 4 per case
  • Capacity: 700 ml
42.99 $42.99
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GOJO® PURELL® LTX-12™ Advanced Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer Gel, 1200 ml, 2/Pack
Item : 318575
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  • Dirt types: Germs
  • Packing type: Refill
  • Quantity: 2 per case
36.79 $36.79
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The Honest Co. Plant Based Moisturizing Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz.
Item : 1759225
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  • 8 oz. Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • Won't dry out skin
  • Sanitizes and moisturizes skin and nails on contact, leaving skin clean and refreshed
3.9 $3.90
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