By Sali Hughes
Sanitiser stocks might be running low, but there are excellent, easy options for cleaning and moisturising your hands
At the time of writing, hand sanitiser gels are only marginally more easy to obtain than a Harry Potter first edition, and so there’s little use in my recommending any: beggars can’t be choosers, and they’re disappearing from stock faster than I can link to them. Meanwhile, soberingly, a hitherto unidentified group are tweeting about regular hand washing as some new and novel concept. As essential, and potentially life-saving, as sanitisers are in public spaces and in an emergency, they are less effective than a good wash, since alcohol gels can’t remove dirt; do run a tap where possible.
Lush are cleverly offering passersby free, proper handwashing in many of their stores during the Covid-19 crisis, and having used the facilities, you may wish to buy a jumbo bar of Honey I Washed The Kids (£5, 120g), my favourite family handsoap of theirs. Smelling of rich caramel and honey, looking appealing to infants, and leaving skin as soft as could be hoped for, it’s a great all-rounder and good value (I won’t be recommending soaps too spendy to use in necessary abundance, or so niche that one can’t get them with relative ease during the outbreak). My favourite inexpensive, very widely available soap is Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter (£3.85 for 4 x 100g bars), not least because Dove’s scent, for me, is inextricably linked with a feeling of pure cleanliness and calm. The rich, instant (now Peta-certified) suds give a thorough-feeling wash without leaving hands uncomfortably parched.