12 Best Kids Hand Sanitizers To Kill Bacteria And Germs, 2021

Hand Sanitizers That Are Kid-Friendly *And* Effective At Killing Germs

March 4, 2021 Updated April 6, 2021

African boy washing hand sanitizer gel or alcohol gel tube squeeze for prevent infection, outbreak of Covid-19.
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Kids touch everything. Which is why finding a kids’ hand sanitizer your family will actually use is absolutely critical in your efforts to keep everyone healthy. Because, no matter what those little mitts have touched or how visibly soiled their hands are, those dirty digits are going to end up in their mouth or nose, or heaven forbid their nose then mouth. YUCK! Especially during a pandemic, it’s best if your kid has access to hand sanitizer at all times (along with a mask, too). But a lot of regular hand sanitizers can smell too strong or leave hands tasting bitter (we taste, since we use our hands to eat), which is why special sanitizers that are more kid-friendly is key (spoiler: we did include one featuring a Disney character). And once you’ve got sanitizer, you can get a hand sanitizer holder or keychain.

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But FYI, although hand sanitizer is good when out and about, hand washing is still the way to go. The CDC recommends scrubbing your hands with soap and water for the length of the “Happy Birthday” song as the most effective way to clean hands. But what happens when there’s no soap and water around?  Or your only option is a public restroom sink with more bacteria and germs than a toilet? Good thing mom is prepared with the best hand sanitizers for kids. (Watch your backs children, the adults are going to want these too.) Pro tip: For the strongest ick-fighting power, the CDC recommends sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol.

Note: Formulas that are alcohol-free are made to kill germs and bacteria, but they do not kill viruses, such as the COVID-19 virus. These are best used following diaper changes, bathroom runs, etc. 

Best Kids’ Hand Sanitizer

Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer

Yup, foaming sanitizer is easier to spread around and it dries faster than its gel counterpart, which is perfect for toddlers and impatient kiddos. Plus it’s equally as great for new parents too! The Babyganics foaming sanitizer is still 99.9% effective against common household germs but is alcohol-free. It leaves hands clean and conditioned without any residue of alcohol. “I use this on my own hands and sometimes my kiddos when needed and love that he doesn’t get the horrible taste in his mouth that other hand sanitizers have. I like knowing that my hands are clean and not leaving chemicals on his toys when I handle them as well. We have bought this again and again and will continue to in the future.” reviews one satisfied customer on Amazon. This plant-derived hand sanitizer is tough on germs and gentle on skin, and specifically formulated for regular repeat usage without drying out hands. However, please note that this alcohol-free formula is not meant to kill viruses, including COVID-19. 


Hand Sanitizer For Kids

Crayola Hand Sanitizer

Make hand cleaning fun with the colorful Crayola hand sanitizer for kids. Packaged in the most adorable crayon shaped two ounce bottle, little hands will love squeezing out colorful matching sanitizer. Regardless if red, yellow, green, or blue becomes your little one’s fave, the gentle germ fighting ingredients in every color will purify without irritating the most sensitive skin. One parent reviews on Amazon, “I have been looking for a great child friendly sanitizer for months now and I couldn’t find anything that my kids would put on their fingers. I ordered this and was extremely pleased with the packaging and design. The sanitizer had no unusual smell. And most important my kids are OBSESSED. Win win! This is a must order!! I highly recommend it!” Bonus: the sanitizer bottles arrive in a Crayola box just like their crayons, delighting every child (and child at heart).

$12.99 AT AMAZON

Pipette Hand Sanitizer Gel

The Environmental Working Group verified Pipette hand sanitizer has the highest rating granted by the EWG. Meaning that this hand sanitizer not only effectively protects against germs but is totally clean and non-toxic – making it a super safe sanitizer option for kids. “My favorite hand sanitizer!” raves one Amazon customer. “It does not smell like a distillery, and it does not clump like some other sanitizers. It also does not dry out my hands whatsoever. I love that it’s safe to use on all family members. I love Pipette! And the price was comparable to other sanitizers, sometimes even cheaper.” Pipette’s safe and effective formulation won’t dry out even the most sensitive skin, thanks to the moisture locking properties of sugarcane derived squalane and glycerin. Besides a slight alcohol scent while the sanitizer dries, this kids hand sanitizer is scent and allergen free.


Olika Hand Sanitizing Spray

Every kiddo will love cleaning their hands with the adorable bird spray bottle from Olika. Plus save money and the earth by simply refilling the Olika bottles to keep the clean fun coming. Each spray bird comes with a matching carabiner for easy portability. Perfect to clip on backpacks, diaper bags, heck even belt loops. One Amazon customer reviews, “I have used a lot of sanitizers on the go, especially with 4 kids. Olika is amazing. It’s a simple spray, that does not leave a sticky film and dries practically on contact. The scent is so clean and fresh smelling, but doesn’t linger. Wonderful for me and my kids (who usually like the overly perfumed and sickly heavy scented glitter bombs of the on-the-go sanitizer world). Plus, the aesthetics of the packaging is adorable. This little bird shape doesn’t need any extra silicone holder — and it’s refillable!! ” With only 1 or 2  sprays needed  to clean each hand, the Olika hand sanitizing spray lasts up to 15 times longer than other kids’ hand sanitizers. Choose from six cheerful colors and scents including mint citrus and cucumber basil, all of which are available in individual spray birds and refills.

$29.94 AT AMAZON

Purell Advanced Naturals Hand Sanitizer

The number one brand trusted by hospitals, Purell has launched a super powered, plant based hand sanitizer which is twice as effective as other leading brands. This double strength kids’ hand sanitizer is totally paraben, phthalate, and synthetic fragrance free but still packs a hydrating punch with a special blend of four conditioning moisturizers. Made from 100% naturally renewable plant based ethanol, Purell advanced hand sanitizer is USDA BioBase certified with 93% renewable biological ingredients. “I love these!” reviews one Amazon customer. “I’ve been using these for about 1.5 years, and I am currently on my second six-pack. This version is made with plant-based alcohol, 93% naturally derived ingredients, and is preservative free. The bottle states this formula is naturally fragranced, but it just smells like regular alcohol to me. Hand sanitizers can wreak havoc on sensitive skin but I haven’t had any issues with this one.”


The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray, 2-Pack

The Honest Company is known for their natural, clean home, baby, and beauty products — so it makes sense that their fragrance-free sanitizing spray made the list! It kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, is quick-drying, and is hypoallergenic. “5 out of 5 stars. Finally a hand sanitizer that doesn’t smell like pure alcohol,” said one Amazon reviewer.


Baby Bum Hand Sanitizer

The Baby Bum Hand Sanitizer has an amazing coconut and aloe vera scent. That means it’s ingredients are great smelling with health benefits, Mama! This sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs without harsh chemicals, too. It’s a plant-based product that is specifically designed for kids, toddlers, and babies. One mama reviewed the spray and said, “Best hand sanitizer on the market hands down (or up) lol. Smells great, awesome company. Love the light beachy coconut smell. We carry them in all our go bags”


Heathmade LA Hand Sanitizer

Heathmade LA is literally founded by a 10-year-old kid who is striving to make sanitizers more pleasant and, well, kid-friendly. We love how Heathmade LA hand sanitizers smell, and one of our (and our kids’) favorites is the Can-Do sanitizer, which smells like lemongrass, coconut, and pineapple, aka a tropical smoothie. Alcohol-free and crafted with aloe vera gel, anti-inflammatory witch hazel, and antimicrobial essential oils, this hand sanitizer cleans hands without drying them out. We also love Oomph, which smells like an orange creamsicle with smoky notes of cedarwood. These hand sanitizers come in 4 oz. and 1 oz. bottles, so you can store one at home, and take the smaller one with you wherever you (and your kiddo) goes.


Everyone Hand Sanitizer Spray

Nothing beats the ease of a spray sanitizer when the whole family needs clean hands. Thanks to Everyone, you can safely keep all those little hands free of nasty germs without using harsh chemicals or isopropyl alcohol. The EWG verified Everyone hand sanitizer spray packs a cleaning punch with ethanol derived from non-GMO sugarcane. And Everyone hand sanitizer is produced using zero waste manufacturing with bottles made of 25% recycled materials. “Buy these hand sanitizers!” reviews one mom on Amazon. “I bought the 6-pack of peppermint and citrus Everyone Hand Sanitizer Spray and I love them! I never used a hand sanitizer spray before, but they work great. I have 4 kids so I keep one in the car, one in the diaper bag, one in my kitchen and one by the front door. Smell is not overpowering and it doesn’t dry out your hands. Highly recommended.” The family owned Everyone business is creating skin care with you, your family, and our planet in mind. Check out some of the other essential oil infused scents like lemon coconut and ruby grapefruit. All it takes is a spray or two to clean those dirty paws and your littles will be germ free — for at least the next minute or two.


Disney Portable Hand Sanitizer With Holder

Sometimes you need a little extra enticement for a kiddo to be excited about making new habits. Enter the magic of Mickey and Minnie. Kids will love using their very own Disney hand sanitizer.The portable sanitizer with holder sports the perfect loop for easy attachment to backpacks, while the small size is perfect for a jacket pocket. “Great for getting kids to use hand sanitizer” reviews a parent on Amazon. “I purchased these to get my daughter more excited about hand sanitizing — and it worked! While a bit on the small size, it makes it easier to attach to a zipper pull or belt loop for easy access. I also purchased a larger hand sanitizer refill bottle since we went through the original allotment quickly. A must in this new pandemic world.” Your kid more excited by Iron Man or Cinderella? Inspire clean hands with their favorite Marvel superhero or Disney princess! Each pack of sanitizers includes four bottles of sanitizers, plus matching holders featuring your little one’s favorite characters.

$12.95 AT AMAZON

Hempz Triple Moisture Herbal Hand Sanitizer

Embrace the hydration of hemp seed oil with Hempz Triple Moisture Hand Sanitizer. 100% pure hemp seed oil protects skin and locks in moisture thanks to omega fatty acids, while alcohol kills 99.9% of germs in its path without drying out hands. Intended for daily use, the Hempz hand sanitizer features the best, all natural, paraben-free ingredients for little digits like coconut oil, vitamin C, and mango seed butter. “Love this!!! The scent is amazing and does not dry your hands when used often. I have bought it 3 times. Nice amount for the money and it’s long lasting. I always get complimented on my perfume and people want to know the brand. They are surprised when I say – hand sanitizer.” reviews one happy Amazon customer. Perfect for all occasions from a playdate in the park to traveling in the car, the Hempz Triple Moisture Hand Sanitizer will keep your family naturally safe and germ free.

$11.15 AT AMAZON

Cleancult Foaming Hand Sanitizer Bundle

For family-friendly and eco-conscious hand sanitizing at home, Cleancult is tops. Grab a Foaming Hand Sanitizer Bundle and get two glass bottles with protective grips, plus two cartons of refillable sanitizer, and place them anywhere: Kitchen, bathroom, or — our personal favorite — by the baby’s changing table. This alcohol-free formula safely and gently kills germs without drying out skin (btw, since it’s alcohol-free, it’s best used in your household and not when you’re out and about). Further, cardboard carton refills lead to less single-use plastic bottle waste, so you can reduce your family’s footprint while staying as healthy as possible.


Now you can wipe you and your kids hands clean with these kids hand sanitizers. We’ve got even more pint-sized products for kids here!

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Crayola Hand Sanitizer
Pipette Hand Sanitizer Gel
Olika Hand Sanitizing Spray
Purell Advanced Naturals Hand Sanitizer
Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand San...
Everyone Hand Sanitizer Spray
Disney Portable Hand Sanitizer With Hold...
Hempz Triple Moisture Herbal Hand Saniti...
Heathmade LA Hand Sanitizer
Cleancult Foaming Hand Sanitizer Bundle
The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray,...
Baby Bum Hand Sanitizer