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With the cold and flu season upon us, many are looking for ways to stay fighting fit this winter.
Everyday viruses are rarely serious, but can leave people nursing a runny nose, sore throat and pounding headache.
With no set treatment to speed up recovery, avoiding infections in the first place is the only proven way to ward off the sniffles.
Viruses like cold and flu enter the body via the eyes, nose or mouth, often as a result of us rubbing our face with contaminated hands.
Regular hand washing with soap and warm water should be the go-to, however, sanitisers can be helpful when out and about.
Although many sanitisers promote themselves as “anti-bacterial”, some may also kill viruses, providing they are made up of at least 60% alcohol.
Look out for products that list “alcohol denatured” as an ingredient. “Denaturing” involves adding chemicals that make the alcohol unfit for consumption.
To stay fit this winter, officials recommend hand sanitisers be used before preparing or eating food, after using the toilet and when handling animals or their waste.
Hand sanitisers you can buy online
Dettol Aloe Vera Anti Bacterial Hand Gel | £1.99 from Ocado
The Dettol gel contains 63g ethanol and comes with a handy clip that allows you to attach it to handbags and backpacks.
Carex Moisture Antibacterial Hand Gel | £1 from Ocado
The product contains 70g of ethanol per 100g and is quickdry for those who aren’t a fan of gel-like textures.
Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitiser | £5.25 from Ocado
This soothing, lavender-scented, 62% alcohol hand sanitiser uses organic ingredients for a gentler, yet effective, hand-cleansing experience.
Hand Cleansing Gel | £12 from Margaret Dabbs
This unique antibacterial formulation that leaves hands clean, refreshed and hydrated. Containing 65% alcohol, this hand cleansing gel also enriched with Hempseed oil and Seaweed Extract to soothe the skin and replenish moisture levels.
Ecofinest Hand Sanitizer Gel | £7.49 from eBay
Containing 75% alcohol to kill off 99.99% of bacteria and germs, this Ecofinest hand sanitiser is gentle and non-irritating, does not hurt the skin and has water-holding and moisturising function so as to not dry out hands.
Defendol Hospital Grade Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel | £3.49 from Superdrug
This alcohol-based hand gel contains 70% alcohol and a moisturising formula, which has been made for sensitive skin so that you can use it frequently without your hands going dry.