One thing we've all taught our children over the past few years is how to wash their hands properly – and many parents still provide their kids with a sanitiser to take to school. It's become a back to school essential for September.
A bottle of hand sanitiser is the perfect stop-gap for when they can't get to the sink or need a quick anti-germ fix. But which kids' hand sanitiser should you buy - and can children use adult hand sanitisers?
We answer your questions and have found the best – and safest – hand kids' hand sanitisers.
Is hand sanitiser effective for kids?
It is, and they can definitely use hand sanitiser as a way of protecting themselves against germs. Of course, washing with soap and water for 20 seconds is more effective but a hand sanitiser is a great way for them to cleanse their hands between washes and throughout the day.
How do you make hand sanitiser safe for kids?
Choose an alcohol-free hand sanitiser for children under five, unless supervised by an adult. There are plenty of natural and non-methanol hand sanitisers for children to choose from. Otherwise, older children can use any hand sanitiser.
Is hand sanitiser allowed in schools?
Most schools will recommend that children take their own hand sanitiser with them to school (schools will have their own, too). If you're worried about your child losing theirs (which let's face it, is bound to happen), some come with handy chains to attach to bags or pencil cases. These are usually refillable so you can top them up when needed. And there are cool ones for the style-conscious teenager, too.
Best alcohol-free kids hand sanitiser
Milton Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser, £2.39, Boots
Green People Organic Children Hand Sanitiser, £10.75, Amazon
Toddle Hand Sanitiser, £5.99, Holland & Barrett
Germ Zapper hand sanitiser, £3.14, Nimble
Anti-viral hand gel, £2, Boots
Mucky Pups Hand Sanitiser, £5, Jojo Maman Bebe
Peppa Pig Hand Sanitiser, £1, Savers
Nilaqua Little Hands Steriliser, £2.49, Boots
Germ-busting Hand Sanitiser, £0.50, Superdrug
Best kids hand sanitiser with bag clip
Clip and Clean Gel Sanitiser with Clip, £1.99, Ryman
Clinell Hand Sanitiser with Clip, £3.60, Amazon
Dinosaur Refillable Gel Bottles, from £8.99 for six, Amazon
Best hand sanitisers for teenagers
Sanctuary Antibacterial Hand Gel Spray, £5, FeelUnique
HAAN Hand Sanitiser, £5.95 each, BirchBox
Anatomicals Anti-Bac Spray, £8 for two, ASOS
BYBI Clean Hands Hand Steriliser, £3.75, FeelUnique
Coconut Antibacterial hand sanitiser, £1.75, Amazon
Aesop Water-Free Hand Wash, £7, Cult Beauty
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