Fun Hand Sanitizer Bottles for the Holidays

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

While we know that frequent and complete hand washing is one of the best ways to combat those seasonal germs, it’s HARD to get the kids to do it.  So when Amber was little we relied a lot more on hand sanitizer than we did on soap.  One of the ways we were able to encourage her to use it, was by letting her ‘make it her own.’

Hand sanitizer bottles are easy to decorate.  I would purchase clear ones, take the labels off and then we’d have fun.  

Your kids will love to use these fun hand sanitizer bottles.  All you need is some stickers and/or small objects to place inside the gel.  

fun hand sanitizer bottles

Find some fun holiday/seasonal stickers and let your kids put them on the bottle.  I found these snowmen ones, and boy do the bottles look cute! 

You can even make fun hand sanitizer for the grown-ups in your home, because goodness knows we need to be keeping those germs at bay too!

Another way to jazz up those fun hand sanitizer bottles is by putting a number of small items into the bottles. I put a couple of drops of red natural coloring in this bottle (that was plenty to get the gel a pink hue, without actually coloring it when dispensed – start off with a drop and test it before you add too much), and put some small felt candy canes in it. 

Because the gel has a thicker suspension, it’s easy to just push the items into the opening and then use the pump to place it in the bottle where you want it. 

Over the years we found that when we let Amber make her own fun hand sanitizer bottles, she willingly (and often!) would sanitize her hands without fuss.

Alas, no matter how hard you try to prevent it, your children may still get sick and Murphy’s Law will see that it happens around the holidays.   Unfortunately, we had many Thanksgivings and Christmas gatherings over the years that we couldn’t go to, because of out of control germs even though we tried hard to keep those ickies out of our home.

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  1. Chris says:

    Frequent hand washing and sneezing into your elbow helps keep germs from spreading!

  2. Maryann D. says:

    When my children were young, they were sick a few times on major holidays. We spent the holidays alone so that we did not spread germs. Now we always use hand sanitizer at this time of year and wash our hands often.

  3. Pamela Halligan says:

    I handle holiday germs with lots of hand washing and by disinfecting door knobs, phones, handles, etc.

  4. Surbhi K. says:

    My toddler is sick with flu now, a week before thanksgiving break, I’m panicking because we’re going on a trip and I’m hoping he gets all better before the break 🙁

  5. amy stonger says:

    It’s a joke amongst my kids about how I’m always pulling out the hand sanitizer and asking if they washed their hands with soap and water. I can’t stand to see my babies sick and do everything I can to stop the spread of germs.

  6. shelly peterson says:

    We make sure to wash hands, use hand sanitizer and Clorox disinfecting wipes/.

  7. I use hand sanitizer and wipes all the time to help. Also drink a lot of water and take vitamins.

  8. Cheryl says:

    We handle holiday germs with lots of disinfectant and hand washing.

  9. Lisa Brown says:

    I use and carry hand sanitizer with me during the cold weather months, use disinfecting wipes at home on surfaces and just wash hands often.

  10. Heather Kelly says:

    I clean, a lot. I use cleaning spray with bleach. I keep tissue on hand along with Clorox wipes. I make sure to have children’s tylenol and motrin on hand alone with some other children’s cold medicine just in case.

  11. Jessica To says:

    I keep hand sanitizer on my desk at work and share it with everyone!

  12. latoya says:

    For us, we focus on handwashing and taking our shoes off when we get home.

  13. mami2jcn says:

    I stay away from crowds, take multivitamins, and wash hands often.

  14. tammie Brink says:

    Working in a hospital for years has taught me to wash and wash and wash my hands. I also love the sanitizing wipes.

  15. Allyson Tice says:

    we handle holiday germs by keeping hand sanitizer on all backpacks and in the cars! we also have fun smelling soaps for the kiddos to use here at home!

  16. Em Mahr says:

    For holiday germs, we wash hands A LOT! Also, I always take a bottle of Lysol disinfectant and spray down surfaces in the hotel room and we travel with hand sanitizer.

  17. Missy says:

    I am obsessed with hand washing and using hand sanitizer. I also make sure to not touch my face with my hands, I heard that is an easy way to get sick.

  18. Candace Miller says:

    I combat holiday germs by having frequent hand washing breaks.

  19. Sunnie says:

    By more hand washing, having Kleenex, tea and medicine on hand,

  20. Chrissy says:

    We combat as many germs as possible by drinking lots of water! It seems to flush out a lot of toxins and generally helps us stay way healthier!

  21. Danielle Porter says:

    Lots of hand washing and making sure they cover their mouths for sneezing and coughing!

  22. Audra says:

    We wash our hands often and sanitize the house

  23. Nicole says:

    I try to rest and make sure myself and my family are eating well.

  24. Melissa says:

    I’m an elementary school teacher, so I always get my flu shot and use plenty of hand sanitizer!

  25. chelsey says:

    We wash our hands constantly (and in turn need lots of moisturizers). I also breastfeed my toddler, so she still gets some antibodies from me.

  26. Laura Briley says:

    We use hand sanitizer as well. And when we do get sick, lots of dayquil, soup, vitamin D, and rest!

  27. Aqdas Ahmed says:

    We keep the hand sanitizer around each room so that the kids have no excuse that they can’t find one nearby. We also use an air purifier around the clock.

  28. Cassie Dow says:

    I have 16 nieces and nephews. The oldest is 11 and the youngest 1 month. We see each other often and someone is always getting or getting over something. I try to impress the importance of hand washing with my kids when the cooties are in my house, but they never take it as seriously as I wish

  29. Oh, my – those bottles are too cute! I try to encourage frequent hand washing to control germs – not an easy task with either husband or child! lol!

  30. amy stonger says:

    To deal with holiday germs, I never leave home without my hand sanitizer.

  31. Aaron says:

    We handle holiday germs by washing our hands often.

  32. Jennifer W says:

    I try and handle holiday germs by washing my hands, using hand sanitizer, and not touching my face.

  33. Jamie Williams says:

    I wash my hands more often and I also use disinfecting spray on all the door knobs handles and anything else my daughter and I touch.,

  34. Cheryl Brown says:

    I am always concerned with my daughter catching sick during the winter, especially over the holidays. I make sure we wash our hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, and always wipe off the grocery store cart before using it. So far it has helped to prevent sickness by being proactive with prevention.

  35. Elena says:

    I wash hands often, use hand sanitizer on the go and take vitamins

  36. robin s. says:

    We are really big on hand washing. One good tip to staying germ free while shopping during the holidays is to clean off the handle on carts. I have noticed that some people don’t wash their hands in the restroon and then go push their cart around. By sanitizing the handle might prevent germs and your family getting sick.

  37. cyndi br says:

    hand washing and hand sanitize though out the day

  38. Becky VanGinkel says:

    When I was little, I was sick 4 Christmas in a row. I’ll never forget how miserable I was those years. Two of them I ended up in the hospital from dehydration. Now that I’m a Mom myself, I never want my babies to go through that! I make sure my kids keep up with their vitamins and hand washing, and they know the rules about not sharing at school to keep themselves from getting sick. Unfortunately, it can’t always be stopped, but so far, my kids have been healthy every Christmas so far!!

  39. Lauryn R says:

    We wash our hands often, especially when going to public places. I also keep hand sanitizer with me always for those times when soap and water aren’t available.

  40. Michelle Donovan says:

    We handle germs by hand washing, hand washing, and more hand washing. It def helps! Though I always try to have on hand some cough drops and meds because those pesky germs still sneak in

  41. Donna L says:

    I wash my hands constantly, use hand sanitizer. I have plenty of soup, OTC medicine, tissues.

  42. Sarah L says:

    I wash my hands very well and very often, drink extra water and get plenty of sleep.
    Thanks for the contest.

  43. heather says:

    I fight holiday germs by cleaning like a crazy person I so love bleach. I also use wipes on the carts in the stores and I wash my hands too many times per day to count.

  44. Joanna Peter says:

    Definitely sneezing into the elbow, and whenever I start to feel sick I take an Emergen-C vitamin pack.

  45. Kathleen Richardson says:

    I try to stay ahead of the germs. We wash our hands often and disinfect our house to keep the germs out.

  46. Marija says:

    I wash my hands frequently, especially before eating anything.

  47. Marilyn Nawara says:

    Disinfectant wipes, sanitizer and lots of hand washing. We also try to stay away from Walgreens and other places sick people visit.

  48. ashley alderink says:

    we handle holiday germs with lots of handwashing and extra vitamines

  49. Heather D says:

    My kids are pretty aware of germs so I’m lucky. We practice lots of handwashing and keep hand sanitizer.

  50. dianne hall says:

    A lot of hand sanitizer- car, purse, home, work, etc.

  51. Bonnie says:

    I swear we pick up every single germ out there and bring it home! We do try and get the kids to wash frequently, and I think I’m going to do what you did to make this more fun for the kids. Clean hands are a struggle but maybe they’ll be more willing to sanitize more frequently if they have bottles like these to use. (Nice job with the snowmen especially by the way!)

  52. Everyone gets sick like clockwork around the holidays.

  53. Sandy H says:

    By washing hands frequently.

  54. Nicole Martin says:

    We wash our hands frequently, and I Lysol everything.

  55. I had my very first flu shot this year and it seems to be working great. We also try to drink orange juice every day to keep vitamin C in our lives.

  56. Michelle J. says:

    We wash our hands like crazy people!

  57. Jake B says:

    I use hand sanitizer all the time.

  58. Cami Valenzuela says:

    We wasn out hands and use hand sanitizer all the time. We take vitamin c like candy as well.

  59. Becky Phelps says:

    Sure we get hand sanitizer in every room and everybody washes hands frequency

  60. Sabrina Zehner says:

    I wash my hands twice as much and wipe down handles more.

  61. Ronda Patrick says:

    A ton of handwashing and I give each of the kids their own personal little antiseptic to carry and use all day!

  62. Nancy Bowers says:

    We always wash our hands after returning from being out in public.

  63. Kelly skibbe says:

    Ugh! I hate this time of year for germs. Essential oils, hand washing, lysol and probiotics are my best friends.

  64. Tammy Woodall says:

    Our family combats holiday germs by keeping a Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer in several rooms in the house – that way if you are unable to get up and wash your hands at that moment, at least you can use the Hand Sanitizer until you can wash your hands.

  65. meredith says:

    That is so clever! my kddo loves the gel clings – and then we may cut down on illness too

  66. angela smith says:

    I always have my kids carry small clip on sanitizes when we visit during the holiday that way I know if they sneeze or touch something they can sanitize asap

  67. Christina London says:

    I carry hand sanitizer with me at all times. And take extra vitamin c.

  68. Brad Merrell says:

    Hand sanitizer keychain is a good idea

  69. We practice good hygiene, washing hands and sanitizing regularly, taking our flu shots, vitamin c

  70. Julie Waldron says:

    I carry hand sanitizer on my purse and we have a bottle of it in both our vehicles. We use it all the time.

  71. Stacey Grantham says:

    For 3 Christmas Eves in a row, I had to make a run to the Peds office for high fevers and ear infections. Washing their hands often is key in prevention.

  72. Christine Labelle says:

    We sanitize, drink fluids, and get plenty of rest. I’m nursing a cold right now so I try to seclude myself from everyone else as much as possible.

  73. Will G says:

    I make sure to wash my hands often.

  74. sherry fowler says:

    We wash our hands as we need to and we use hand sanitizer. I keep lysol in every room in the house and when someone starts coughing, I spray every room

  75. jberry says:

    Increase fluids, hand washing and taking of local honey.

  76. Wendy Pesce says:

    just work on washing hands, and of course having hand sanitizer on hand for those times you aren’t near a sink

  77. Helen says:

    I keep hand sanitizer in the car and use it at home. I routinely clean surfaces we constantly touch and wash those hands a lot throughout the day.

  78. Kelly says:

    We do lots of rest, hand washing and I try to get some healthy foods in there during the holiday time. It’s hard when there are so many goodies around but we are sure to get our veggies in.

  79. Patti Lambert says:

    I constantly wash my hands. I’m a bit of a virus freak. I use hand sanitizer when I can’t get to soap and water

  80. Leah Shumack says:

    Washing our hands a lot always helps! When that sickie does come we always have Vicks VapoRub on hand and lots of tissues!

  81. laura bernard says:

    Hand sanitizer all the time!

  82. Kelly McGrew says:

    Getting my flu shot and keeping my hands washed. Also taking vitamin c is very important to combat a weak immune system!

  83. Melinda A says:

    Lots of hand washing! We also take multivitamins and drink lots of water, and use hand sanitizer when we are out and about.

  84. Gabrielly says:

    Frequent hand washing and by disinfecting door knobs, phones, handles.

  85. Kristen Dingess says:

    Having 2 kids in elementary school ,(one in Kindergarten and the other in 1st grade), I just know that when school starts, the following week we will all have the sniffles. Last year was rough but I’m trying to be proactive this year with hand sanitizer, lysol wipes, disinfectant sprays, and lots of vitamin C in our diets. So far , so good! Keep your fingers crossed for us though. LOL

  86. Jeremy McLaughlin says:

    We make sure we do a lot of hand washing and wiping counters down with sanitizing wipes.

  87. Bryan Vice says:

    My daughter has a sanitizer keychain she takes to school on her back pack. and we bleach our counters and door knobs once/ twice a week

  88. Cindy Norman says:

    Washing hands hand santizer and vitamin c

  89. Michelle C says:

    We do lots of hand washing and cleaning germy surfaces to try to prevent spreading germs!

  90. susan smoaks says:

    we eat healthy and exercise. we drink plenty of fluids and try to keep our immune systems working.

  91. elizabeth miller says:

    On top of the normal sanitizer and hand washing, we use sanitizing wipes at least twice a week to wipe down all door handles, light switches, remotes, faucet handles, and telephones.

  92. Latanya says:

    we get the flu shot and try to keep our hands clean with soap and water

  93. Jessica Miller says:

    Always wash hands, especially when eating. Use hand sanitizer.

  94. Kim Myers says:

    I use elderberry syrup daily to keep the germs at Bay

  95. Nancy says:

    We clean shopping cart handles before using them , and wash our hand frequently.

  96. I’m currently diffusing my OnGuard essential oil from Doterra lol

  97. Juanita May says:

    Washing hands frequently, hand sanitizer in every room, and kleenex everywhere!

  98. Darcy Koch says:

    We start by getting a flu shot. We also keep a humdifier running to avoid the air from becoming too dry. And, like most, we keep hand sanitizers in most rooms and carry with us.

  99. Eileen Boyce says:

    Lots of hand washing and sanitizers.

  100. shirley emitt says:

    We do a lot of line-ups here, line up to wash hands, line up for vitamins, line up to sanitize hands.

  101. Tracy Webb says:

    Lots of soap and water.

  102. Laurie Emerson says:

    I think we must go through tons of hand sanitizer. We constantly wash our hands and I always carry those little bottles of hand sanitizer with me wherever I go.

  103. Janet Boyanton says:

    Lots of hand washing and hand sanitizer when we can’t wash.

  104. I keep hand sanitizer in my purse and car for on the go, but if at home I just wash hands more often. Also I remember to clean door knobs periodically which I don’t normally think to do when it’s not cold/flu season

  105. We try to keep a good sleep schedule and clean hands

  106. kelly woods says:

    I have OCD so I am always washing my hands

  107. Larissa BRUNKEN says:

    Honestly with so many lil ones in our home it’s hard! We try hand washing and quarantine the sick child

  108. No one looks forward to holiday germs! We do lots of hand-washing, sneezing into our elbow, keeping surfaces and door handles cleaned off. And also wearing the appropriate clothing for the weather.

  109. savannah hadden says:

    Hand washing, vitamins and diffusing essential oils!

  110. Heather E says:

    Hand washing for 20 seconds.

  111. kathy Persons says:

    Washing our hands more often and wiping down surfaces

  112. Joy L says:

    I am a teacher, so I tell my students to cover their coughs.

  113. Kelly D says:

    We try to avoid sick people and we use hand sanitizer.

  114. Mary Jacobowitz says:

    I have hand sanitizer and tissues in all parts of my house.

  115. Brandy Williams says:

    Lots of hand washing and Lysol wipes.

  116. Dawn Monroe says:

    I have to get serious about germs around the holidays otherwise my grandkids get sick…every holiday. Hand washing , sanitizer and Lysol.

  117. Audrey Stewart says:

    This is the first time we have decided to use the wipes in the grocery store for the carts. A lady in front of us was so sick, and she wiped her nose and touched the shopping cart.

  118. Katie Bellamy says:

    We drink lots of OJ and was our hands a lot! Always!

  119. Amber cheras says:

    I handle germs with plenty of hand washing stocking up on vitamins soup and juice.

  120. Angelica Dimeo says:

    washing hands and using santizer

  121. Kayla Klontz says:

    I like to handle germs by constantly washing hands, not just me but my children too, I remind them until i’m blue in the face. I also keep everything sanitized, especially door knobs and such. I like to keep tissues, medications, and cough drops on hand all the time.

  122. Anitbiotic hand wash by every sink in the house! My dad is the big problem when he finally succumbs to a cold, since he tends to drink nothing but coffee, wine, martinis and buttermilk. I finally got him to try a glass of Emergen-C this time.

  123. Kristin McCall says:

    We constantly use hand sanitizer and drink a lot of orange juice.

  124. Jessica Whitehouse says:

    My kids always get the flu shot and we use hand sanitizer and anti-bac wipes.

  125. Annmarie W. says:

    A couple of years ago, it was me who had the ‘crud’ over Thanksgiving…and we were hosting my sister-in-law & her family. I spent days beforehand taking over the counter medications, drinking hot tea, making sure I ate healthy…and then when they were here, I tried to be social from ‘afar’…not breathing all over everyone!

  126. rachel says:

    I wash and lysol everything that has been exposed to the germ. I use Clorox wipes and wipe down every nook and cranny.

  127. Crystal Rose says:

    I doesn’t stop germs but we do take vitamin C in the winter.

  128. Stephanie says:

    We try to wash hands frequently as well as wiping down door knobs/handles and countertops as often as possible.

  129. wen budro says:

    I handle the germ season with freqyent washing of the hands, hand sanitizer, eating healthy, and getting enough water, exercise, and sleep.

  130. Chris L says:

    We stock up on tissues & vitamin C

  131. make sure you keep your nails short to keep fingernail germs to a minimum

  132. Katie E Smith says:

    Lots of hand sanitizing lysol spray and vitamins!

  133. I carry hand sanitizer everywhere with me (car, purse, etc) when visiting relatives before going on a holiday trip. I also wiped down things like door and fridge handles too. I learned my lesson when I went over to my parents house before travel and caught a cold from my nephew.