I generally don't like the idea of hand sanitizer. There are supposed to be SOME germs on your skin, so killing all of them on a regular basis doesn't seem like a very good idea. Plus, using sanitizer too often can make your body grow resistant - and the thought that antibacterial products/sanitizer might not be effective for me or my hypothetical future children someday is a bit frightening. I don't know much about this issue, but in general, I prefer to use regular soap and water whenever possible. However, in those rare instances when you've been in a dirty place (like on the T) and you don't have access to soap and water, there is a compromise: Burt's Bees Aloe & Witch Hazel Hand Sanitizer. The product uses corn-based alcohol to kill germs and also infused with all natural skin-soothing ingredients. It also smells much less harsh than traditional sanitizing products. Plus, the spray bottle is super-convenient and less messy than gels.