Forget homeschooling - encouraging our children to wash their hands has been a constant lesson throughout the coronavirus pandemic. And as well as including a face mask for school (or two) and plenty of other post-covid school essentials in their school bags when they finally do get back into the classroom, a bottle of child-friendly hand sanitiser is an absolute must for kids going to school.
While teachers will be asking children to wash their hands regularly throughout the school day, 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. And even if they're at home, it's good to get them into the routine of using one when they're back from a daily walk or visit to the playground.
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 sanitisers for children.
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Is hand sanitiser effective for children?
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.
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How do you make hand sanitiser safe for children?
Choose an alcohol-free hand sanitiser for children under 5, 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.
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Best alcohol-free hand sanitisers for children
Green People Organic Children Hand Sanitiser, £10.50, Amazon
Mucky Pups Hand Sanitiser, £5, Jojo Maman Bebe
Peppa Pig Hand Sanitiser, £.79, Superdrug
Nilaqua Little Hands Steriliser, £2.99, Amazon
Germ-busting Hand Sanitiser, £1.45, Superdrug
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Best hand sanitisers for children with bag clip
Clip and Clean Gel Sanitiser with Clip, £1.99, Ryman's
Clinell Hand Sanitiser with Clip, £2.69, Amazon
Refillable Personalised Gel Bottle, from £4.50, Etsy
Dinosaur Refillable Gel Bottles, from £7.98 for four, Amazon
Best hand sanitisers for teenagers
HAAN Hand Sanitiser, £6, Oliver Bonas
Anatomicals Anti-Bac Spray, £8, ASOS
BYBI Clean Hands Hand Steriliser, £5, FeelUnique
The Sanctuary Spa hand sanitiser, £5, Amazon
Aesop Water-Free Hand Wash, £7, Cult Beauty
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