This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
So, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple weeks, you know that coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading and that as a result, hand sanitizer and non-drying soaps have been flying off the shelves. (Which also has resulted in people going the MacGyver route, and using Tito’s vodka to make their own bacteria-killing solution. (Please don’t do this. Even Tito is asking you to stop.)
Well, if you’re wondering where you actually can still buy hand sanitizer online, you’re not alone. While many options are sold out on Amazon Prime and other major retailers, if you do a lot of digging (most of which we’ve done for you already!), you can still add a bottle or two to cart if you move quickly. If you’re lucky enough to live near a store like Target or Walmart, you may also be able to buy online and pick up in store, pending stock. That said, many places may only have bulk or office-sized options in stock, so if you absolutely need a rinse-free formula, you may end up paying, well, more than $5 for it. Here are some places to consider.
Okay, so it’s very slim pickings on the ‘Zon, but since the online marketplace is everyone’s collective first-line shopping destination, there are only a small handful of sanitizers left. Virtually every Prime-eligible one is long gone, but if you act fast, you may be able to shop ones from verified third-party sellers on the site. The other good thing about Amazon is restocking happens often so something might be sold out, but another one pops up.
What We’re Buying (Because We Literally Don’t Have Any Other Options): WTF Was That? Hand Sanitizer and Disney Hand Sanitizer with Aloe
Ulta recently added the paraben-free, cruelty-free home & body line, J.R. Watkins to its site. Included in the collection is the cleansing oud hand elixir.
What We’re Buying (Because We Literally Don’t Have Any Other Options): J.R. Watkins Cleansing Oud Hand Elixir, J.R. Watkins Cleansing Rosewater Hand Elixir, and J.R. Watkins Hemp Flower Cleansing Hand Elixir
The expert resource for all things professional photo and video also stocks hand sanitizer — presumably because clean hands equals clean photo lenses? (Photography buffs, feel free to chime in here.) Sirchie happens to be the “global leader in crime scene investigation” (yep, this did just go from 0 – 100, real quick) so it all makes sense they’d have the market cornered for keeping hands squeaky clean. We guess. Anyway, Adorama has the goods for now.
What We’re Buying (Because We Literally Don’t Have Any Other Options): Sirchie Antiseptic Bio-Hand Cleaner Waterless Hand Sanitizer
Our most beloved big-box retailer is also nearly cleaned out of hand sanitizers, but there are a handful of ones still in stock.
What We’re Buying (Because We Literally Don’t Have Any Other Options): More Than Magic™ Melon Mango and Purell Hand Sanitizer Wipes (40 ct)
You might not have set foot in a Home Depot since back-to-school season — or ever, but yes — the office megastore does stock hand sanitizer. It’s only a matter of time until it sells out, but if you don’t mind a larger size (re. intended for the office, but these are dire times), Office Depot has got you.
What We’re Buying (Because We Literally Don’t Have Any Other Options): Kleenex Sensitive Wipe Dispenser Pack
Apparently hand sanitizers make for great party favors (well they certainly do now) so Etsy sellers have this category on lock. Who knew? And, there’s quite a variety. Just make sure you’re buying it from a reputable seller that lists the alcohol content.
What We’re Buying (Because We Literally Don’t Have Any Other Options): Galleria of Elegance Fruit-Scented Hand Sanitizer, Cedar Creeks Essential Hand Sanitizer Spray
The Kroger-owned low-cost hub to buy health brands and vitamins is beloved by moms (or at least this writer’s mom). If you’re not familiar with them yet, get to know the e-tailer by cruising what’s left of its sanitizer section.
What We’re Buying (Because We Literally Don’t Have Any Other Options): Olika 2-in-1 Hand Sanitizer
This NYC sports specialty shop might not be the first place you’d think to look for cleaning products but this institution is stocked for the adventures in the great outdoors — including wipes and soaps for camping.
What We’re Buying (Because We Literally Don’t Have Any Other Options): Adventure Medical Bath Wipes
Alright, so this one’s admittedly a stretch. Groupon is certainly not our go-to for hand sanitizer but — and this is a big doggy butt — there’s currently a deal on a product called HandiPOD which is dog poop bag and hand sanitizer dispenser. Not ideal, but if you’ve got a pup to clean up after, why not?
What We’re Buying (Because We Literally Don’t Have Any Other Options): HandiPOD Dog Poop Bag and Hand Sanitizer Dispenser
The beautifully-designed bottles typically stocked on Amazon, Urban Outfitters, Ulta Beauty, Revolve, and more are cleaned out everywhere. However, you can currently preorder the Power Mist online (and self-quarantine until it arrives.)
What We’re Buying (Because We Literally Don’t Have Any Other Options): Touchland Red KUB Basic Package (Yes, this is for offices, but get creative and split it with your roommates or besties.)
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