Health expert Riddhi Mondal reviews all the handwashes available & suggests the one you should buy, one you can avoid.
With the onset of Covid-19 era, concerns about health and hygiene have reached an all-time high. According to Nielsen, sales of hand sanitizers have risen by 14 times as an effect of the Corona Virus pandemic. Pandemic or not, hand-washing is an excellent practice that promotes hygiene and keeps your family and yourself away from diseases.
In India, a quick tour of the drugstores proves that we have numerous brands of handwash in all shapes and sizes. But choosing the right one among all these options happens to be a tough task. But with this article, that job will become simple as I will help you decide which handwash would suit you the best, so let’s jump right in!
Why is it so important to wash your hands to protect yourself from Covid-19?
Corona Virus enters our body through the eyes, throat, hands, or nose. It has been proven by “contact tracing” that your hand is the most common way by which this virus might spread from an infected person to you. During this pandemic, World Health Organisation has repeatedly advocated the need of washing hands to prevent infection. While at home, use a good handwash and when you have to go out, apply a good hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol on your hands.
Based on the type of ingredients, usability and skin-friendly properties, here’s a selection of some of the best handwashes in the market right now:
This one has a hype of its own and on top of that, it is a doctor’s recommended product that is improved with a trusted germ protection formula to keep your hands clean without burning the skin with harmful chemicals.
This dermatologically tested hand-wash from Dettol comes in a pouch pack with two different types(original and skincare).
Dettol handwash promises a 10 times better protective power than any normal soap. This pH-balanced liquid soap has all the anti-bacterial ingredients like lauryl sulphate, citric acid, sodium chloride etc.
▪ No harmful chemicals like TCC and Triclosan
▪ Indian Medical Association approved product
Lifebuoy has been regarded as the most popular soap manufacturing brand in the market for many years. Now it has come up with its latest Total 10 Activ liquid handwash that is backed with Active Natural Shield to provide 99.9% germs protection in just 10 seconds.
The hand wash solution boasts multiple anti-germ ingredients like myristic acid, potassium hydroxide, palmitic acid, potassium chloride et cetera.
Lifebuoy Total 10 Activ Handwash is my recommendation for kids as they don’t pay much time to clean their hands. The product comes in a handy pouch that you can even carry in your bag wherever you go.
▪ Backed with Active Natural Shield
▪ Accredited by Royal Society for Public
Savlon has been arguably the most popular germ-killing product for a very long time. The Savlon Moisture Shield Hand Wash is scientifically proven to provide effective cleansing against dirt and grime. What is very interesting is that this handwash is made with a soap-free formulation and contains silver nanoparticles that help you to keep your hands soft and moisturized, thereby avoiding any allergy from the chemicals.
The handwash comes in an easily dispensable plastic bottle pack that contains 500 ml of the liquid solution inside it. This Savlon product is specifically made to take care of your skin against harsh chemicals and can also kill 99.99 percent germs in 10 seconds due to its unique formula.
▪ A chemical-free and soap-free formulation
▪ Powerfully backed with silver nanoparticles
▪ 24 months of maximum shelf life
Enriched with the likes glycerine, coconut oil, and essential oils, this product from the industry magnate Godrej can be a decent option for those in need of a quality handwash.
It is made of 98% naturally derived ingredients and there are no harmful chemicals present, which is definitely a huge plus point. Besides wiping away germs, it eliminates bad odour from your hands within just a few seconds of use.
This product comes in a 300 ml bottle that seems really useful and also a 1.5 L refill pack to save you the worry of going to the store every time you run out of your handwash. The pocket-sized 750 ml pack is a perfect solution to all your woes while you’re traveling!
▪ A harmful chemical and Triclosan free product
▪ Made with 98% naturally derived ingredients
▪ 24 months of shelf life
Your search for an effective handwash with a refreshing smell can will to an end now because the Santoor Handwash is here for you. The product blends the natural goodness of glycerine with a smell
of apricot that keeps your hand soft and clean for a long time.
With its dual-action formula, this handwash from Santoor can provide the ultimate cleansing for your hands. It is also equipped with antibacterial properties that allow your hands to stay clean all day long. This handwash is suitable product for all types of skin. It is a personal favourite since I use it at my home too!
▪ Backed with dual-action formula
▪ Made with apricot extracts
▪ Available in three effective aroma
How to choose the best handwash that will suit you?
From this exhaustive list of five of the best handwashes in India, you need to choose the best one according to your needs. If germ-killing is your prerequisite, any of the five will suit you very well but I would ask you to go with Dettol. Enriched with chloroxylenol and turpeneol, Dettol is a good option. If you want to protect your hands from harsh chemicals, Godrej Protekt Masterblaster Liquid Handwash, with 98% natural ingredients is the perfect product for you. If you have a little child at home, I would advice you to go for the Lifebuoy Total 10 Activ Handwash since it acts very fast and kills germs effectively. Savlon, with its soap-free formulation, protects your hands from chemical brazenness. And the Santoor Fresh Gentle Handwash is a must if your want a sweet odour to go along with your clean hands.
Conclusion: I hope this article helped you decide which handwash would suit you the best. I tried to compile the most user-friendly handwashes in the market. All these are available online and also at any leading cosmetic shops or drugstore near you. Do comment on this post to let me know if you liked the article and also if you think I should have added some other brands that I missed out on. Have a great day!
Author: Riddhi M. is a pre-med student from India who is obsessed with health and fitness. She lives with her five kittens and when she's not reading thrillers or writing blog posts, you can find her having momos or playing chess online.
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