We’ve made no secret that we’re opposed to hand sanitizers, but we realize that sometimes you’re in a pinch and you just need to use them. We’ve also gotten tons of emails regarding CleanWell, so I figured I’d look into it more and report my findings.
CleanWell is an all natural sanitizer that is free of alcohol, triclosan and other such toxic chemicals. It works by naturally killing bacteria and is safe for all ages.
I first gave this stuff a whirl while I was at the aquarium with my son. He had just had his hands in the please touch shark tank, and given that he’s (still) teething, his hands gravitate immediately towards his mouth all.the.time. I could have easily walked him over to the bathroom which was down the hall, but I figured that CleanWell was probably the lesser of two evils, given that the soap in the bathroom was probably loaded with triclosan anyway. I can’t say that I’m a fan of the smell, and who knows if it really actually helped or not. It pleased my OCD husband to be able to kill germs on his hands. CleanWell isn’t sticky or tacky like conventional hand sanitizers can be, and one small bottle has over 200 sprays. It’s inexpensive and easy to stick in a handbag or diaper bag.
While I DO promote soap and water over hand sanitizers, there are some instances where I’m sure I’ll be glad to have it.
What I don’t like about CleanWell is the fact that they use a “proprietary” formula called Ingenium, which is their own patented formula. Look, I’m all for patents, but to me “proprietary” screams “we don’t have to tell you.” I’m sure that CleanWell is perfectly safe, just like they say, but I don’t dig the term “proprietary” when I’m using a product that goes on or into my family’s body. Again, I’ll use it in a pinch, but I may just invest in a bottle of Clean George instead.
You can find CleanWell in Target, some Whole Foods stores, or on Amazon.com