Back to School: Where to Buy Safe, Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer for Your Students

With children returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's never been more important to ensure a safe, hygienic learning environment for our students. Most schools have implemented strict sanitation policies to ensure that desks and classrooms are thoroughly disinfected after each school day. But sometimes, that's not enough. It only takes one child to make contact with an infected person, not wash their hands, and end up spreading COVID-19 to the rest of their class.

And as any educator knows, germs tend to spread quickly in a classroom. It's a small, enclosed space where the children talk, touch, and interact with each other for five or six hours a day--not counting lunch and recess, where they go out and mingle with additional students. And if you're dealing with young children in particular, you know the struggles of getting them to keep their hands and toys out of their mouths. It's hard to teach children about viruses and bacteria, even in the middle of a pandemic. How do you teach your students to keep themselves safe so they avoid the virus when they leave school for the day, and don't spread it around when they get back?

For starters, every school should be equipped with a stock of travel-size sanitizers that can be given out and shared with the kids. Here's what you need to know about stocking up on hand sanitizer for children.

What Kinds of Hand Sanitizers Are Safe for Children?

There are countless hand sanitizer products on the market, but only a select few are effective at killing the coronavirus. The CDC recommends using hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol. Anything lower than that might kill some of the common flu or cold strains, but it won't kill the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, you should make sure that you're buying a safe, non-toxic product that's free of harsh chemicals and irritants.

You might have seen on the news recently that certain hand sanitizers actually pose a threat to your health. Read the labels carefully, because some brands contain a high percentage of methanol. If the term "methanol" sounds familiar, you've probably heard it listed as an ingredient in fuels and pesticides. Methanol is toxic to humans: when it's ingested or absorbed through the skin, it can cause nausea, vomiting, seizures, blurred vision, and even permanent blindness and death. While some of these products were detained before entering the country, it's possible that others could have trickled into the market.

Where Can I Find the Best Kids Hand Sanitizer?

Here at TotallyPure, we sell bulk packages of 2 oz. gel hand sanitizer that easily be handed out to the children in your classroom. We actually started this business as a way to supply hospitals and medical offices with the products that they need to keep their place safe and sanitized. When you're using a licensed medical-grade product, you know you're getting a high level of protection. Our products contain over 80% alcohol, well above the recommended CDC guidelines, and just the right amount to kill the COVID-19 virus as well as various cold and flu bugs.

To use, you'll simply squirt the gel into your palm and rub it across your skin. We recommend the gel hand sanitizer for classrooms because it's what kids are familiar with, and it provides the maximum surface coverage. Kids love the tactile sensation of rubbing gel into their hands--so much, in fact, that your main problem will be trying to keep them from using it all day long.

Our gel is safe and non-toxic, and contains no harsh chemicals that might burn or irritate your students' skin. In fact, our products are supplemented with glycerin to moisturize your hands and keep them soft and smooth. The gel dries quickly, so no sticky hands! It's the perfect supplement to your students' normal hand-washing routine.

Note: If you're working with kids who are age five or younger, be sure to supervise them while they use hand sanitizer. Older kids can be trusted with sanitizer unsupervised.

How Can I Use Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizers in My Classroom?

Our 2 oz. hand sanitizers are perfect for little hands and small enough to be taken anywhere. You can pass out a bottle to each one of your students and instruct them to keep it at their desk, or allow it to take it to their classes with them. You can also keep a basket of hand sanitizer bottles at your desk and invite your students to take one whenever they need to. Using hand sanitizer is the perfect way to make sure your students' hands stay clean without requiring multiple time-consuming trips to the bathroom.

Being kids, they probably won't take this too seriously, so teach your students the importance of hanging on to their hand sanitizer and not giving it away or using it all up on the first day. Encourage them to keep their bottles to themselves to reduce the spread of germs. Kids love getting free things and having their own bottle of hand sanitizer will make them feel important, so you shouldn't have much trouble getting them to take it. Turn it into a lesson about responsibility and taking care of the things you own.

For extra protection, you can also keep a jug of hand sanitizer at your desk to refill the bottles when they run out. TotallyPure sells gel hand sanitizer in individual jugs, as well as bulk packs of four for those looking to save some money.

How Can I Order Gel Hand Sanitizer for My Classroom?

When you work with TotallyPure, it's never been easier to stock up on hand sanitizer before the year begins. We sell our 2 oz. bottles in packs of six that you can order directly from our website. Choose your amount, fill out the billing and shipping information, place your order, and we'll have it in the mail within the next few business days. Orders typically take an average of seven days to arrive.

We know how important it is to provide a safe, hygienic environment for your students. That's why we're committed to keeping our products in stock, selling PPE at affordable prices, and selling our products to a wide range of clients, from schools and churches to businesses and consumers. We're at the top of the field in the medical industry--now let us offer that same protection to your beloved students.