Hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol are undeniably useful in limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)—but they aren't as effective as soap and water, experts say. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs." In addition to that, WebMD explains the science behind how soap kills viruses like the COVID-19: "coronaviruses, like this year’s version that has left 100,000 worldwide infected with COVID-19, are encased in a lipid envelope—basically, a layer of fat. Soap can break that fat apart and make the virus unable to infect you." 

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The thing is, when you're out and about, it's likely that you'll be using alcohol more than soap, especially since not all public bathrooms in the metro are fortunately equipped with hand washes. So why not bring your own? Here, we rounded up a couple of portable hand washes we found online, which are as convenient to carry around as a bottle of hand sanitizer! 

1. Portable Hand-washing Slice Sheets With Box

P80, Lazada

These portable and adorable soaps come in the form of ultra-thin sheets—its compact packaging makes it ideal to keep in your purse daily! 


2. The Somerset Toiletry Co. Naturally European Mini Hand Wash Set

P750, Beauty Bar

Dry hands won't be an issue with this set of mini scented hand washes, which are jam-packed with 20% shea butter and essential oil fragrances. 

3. Serene HomeFoaming Handsoap Tea Leaves

P160/150mL, Beauty MNL

This portable foaming hand wash has a light, refreshing scent, and it contains tea tree leaf extract, a natural ingredient known for its antibacterial properties. 


4. Human Nature Natural Hand Soap

P69.75/50 mL and P289.75/490 mL, Humanheartnature.com

There's no need to hoard hand soaps. Human Nature's plant-based hand soap comes in a big pump 490 mL bottle, which you can use to regularly refill their more pocket-friendly hand wash. They come in a variety of refreshing scents: citrus, apple, and pomelo! 


5. Kalikhasan Eco-Friendly Solutions Mayari Hand Wash

P170/100mL, BeautyMNL

This pregnancy-safe hand wash is free from parabens, sulfates, and silicones. Formulated with green tea essential oil, corn, and grape seed extracts, and vitamin E, it leaves the hands feeling silky smooth! 


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