By Fodhla O'Connell-Grennell
In the midst of the pandemic, most people are washing their hands more than ever. However, if you are on the go, going to your local supermarket, picking the kids up from school, going into college or even getting a takeaway coffee in the park, you may not be able to always wash your hands at a sink. That is where hand sanitiser can come in handy to keep you clean during the day.
One environmental problem which can arise from using sanitiser is the ingredient methanol which is found in a lot of hand sanitizers. Methanol is a non-drinking type of alcohol which is poisonous for human consumption. Burning methanol will increase emissions of carbon dioxide, a major cause of greenhouse warming and global climate change. Knowing these adverse effects from methanol, why not buy the ‘greener’ options?
Clonakilty Distillery Alcohol Sanitiser
This sanitiser, made of only four ingredients, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, glycerol and water, is both cruelty-free and vegan. This Irish business has packed 100ml of sanitiser into a reused glass jar which you can refill rather than buying more wasteful bottles. It is fast drying and there is no added fragrance and no water required. You can buy this product here for €2.50.
NUNAÏA Refillable Lavender and Tea Tree Hand Sanitiser
This hand sanitiser’s active ingredient is 70% Isopropyl alcohol at a 99.6% purity grade and comes in a handy 50ml bottle. Other ingredients include: Natural glycerine, tea tree, lavender and grapefruit which are all known for being kind to the skin and the blend of essential oils leaves hands feeling clean and fresh. It is suitable for all skin types, is gentle on hands and is handmade in Ireland. The best part is for every 50ml bottle sold, they will donate an additional 50% or 25ml to healthcare providers in the local community. Support this cause by picking up a bottle here for €6.99.
Thieves Hand Sanitizer Refillable Bottle by Wild Rose Botanicals
On the more expensive side, this brand’s ingredient list contains Isopropyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, distilled water, organic aloe vera, organic cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils. This product’s natural, beautiful smell is what makes it so enticing that it is worth €15. It is both vegan and Irish. This organic sanitiser is made of 70% alcohol which will keep your hands clean. You can purchase a 100ml bottle here.