When my grand daughter was born three weeks ago, the hospital insisted that anyone wanting to hold or have contact with the baby wash their hands first. We followed this same rule when we brought our new baby home, but when I came down with a cold, I was so afraid of spreading the germs to her, that I went to Target and bought a bottle of their store brand Up & Up Aloe Instant Hand Sanitizer Gel.
The bottle is the shape of many liquid soaps, with a green pump style lid for easy dispensing. The eight ounce plastic bottle is clear, revealing a pale green colored gel. The front label pictures an aloe vera plant, and compares the Up & Up Aloe Instant Hand Sanitizer Gel to the Purel brand. It claims to be the “Hygiene Handshake”, and states it will kill 99.99% of germs without water, in as little as fifteen seconds.
The pump style lid screws down tightly for travel, but when it is popped up you simply push it down to dispense a very generous amount of hand sanitizing gel. Personally, I find that one full pump of gel is way too much for my hands. I end up rubbing the gel on the backs of my hands as well as up my arms, and I rub for several minutes before the gel is absorbed to my liking.
Up & Up Aloe Instant Hand Sanitizer Gel feels cool on contact, and I really like the fact that aloe vera is the second ingredient listed after the active ingredient of ethyl alcohol, which is an antiseptic that can be drying to my hands. The aloe helps to soothe and moisturize my hands, leaving my hands soft with a light sweet scent.
My son-in-law doesn’t like the scent of this Up & Up Aloe Instant Hand Sanitizer Gel, he prefers the alcohol scent of the more popular Purel brand. However, I don’t mind it at all, and neither does my daughter. The eight ounce bottle retailed for only $1.99, while the Purel brand was one dollar cheaper. This generously sized bottle will last for many months, and if it prevents germs from making even one person in our family sick, it is well worth the money, the time and the effort to use this Up & Up Aloe Instant Hand Sanitizer Gel.
Generally I wash my hands when I am at home, but a product like this one is perfect to take along with you when you are on the go, and don’t always have access to soap and water. We have it sitting on the kitchen counter, and while I have my cold I am taking every opportunity to use it to keep the rhino virus from spreading. Overall, I give this product high ratings for being a good germ killer that doesn’t dry out the hands, but the scent could be a little lighter.