Hand Kind Hand Cleaner
Quick Look: Hand Kind Hand Cleaner
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Hand Kind Hand Cleaner Review
WORX Hand Cleaner and CitraWipes
Busted Knuckle Garage
Summary: A different type of hand cleaner with
an environmentally conscious formulation works very well.
You know it must be the dead of winter
when I'm writing and you're reading a 500+ word article about
But this product is different enough to deserve a close look.
Besides, it was developed by the same person who developed
Metal Master and Britemax polishes that were named as Best
in Class in webBikeWorld reviews, so we were intrigued.
Note that the product is also found under the name HandKind
Back when motorcycles
had carburetors and tires had tubes, a mechanic's hands and
forearms would look black as coal by the end of a shift.
An end-of-day wash session featuring Lava hand soap or Goop
or Go-Jo waterless hand cleaners might loosen the surface grime,
but just barely. You could spot a mechanic from 20 paces just
by looking at his hands.
I worked as a machinist for a number of years and my hands
would look the same. The closest sink was a long walk away in
the washroom and the only soap was Boraxo, purchased in bulk
and poured into a huge canister mounted over the single round
common tub. Step on the foot lever and lukewarm water appeared.
Thus, my hands became clean, relatively speaking, for lunch
(at 1:30 am during the night shift) and the end of the work
The dirt was so baked in that I went on a Caribbean vacation
once and after a week at the beach, all of a sudden I realized
my hands and fingernails were clean for the first time in years.
The mechanics and machinists of today are smarter. They use
rubber or nitrile protective gloves, which do more than keep
their hands clean; they also serve as a barrier against chemicals
and other nasties that, as we now know, can cause cancer.
I'm not sure how the use of protective gloves has affected
sales of professional strength hand cleaners, but there are
still a lot of dirty hands out there on hard-working men and
women everywhere, no doubt about it.
But hand cleaners are hand cleaners, no? I'll admit
I haven't spent much time thinking about this topic -- one was
just about as good as another, or so I thought. Well, apparently
someone has thought about it. Obsessively.
The result is Hand Kind Hand Cleaner, which really is different
-- and and once I started to learn more about those differences,
I became a believer. The fact that the product works so well
doesn't hurt either!
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So what makes Hand Kind Hand Cleaner so different? There
are several interesting features to explain, but for me, the
most noticeable difference is in the abrasives that are used
in the formula.
One of the features of other hand cleaners that I hadn't
given much thought to before was a consideration of the type
of abrasives used in the formula.
Hand Kind is claimed to be 99.3% biodegradable with nearly
100% of the ingredients "derived from natural and sustainable
resources". What that means is that in this case, the abrasive
is -- are you ready for this -- ground walnut shells!
The use of walnut shells definitely makes Hand Kind feel
different, because the tiny nuggets o' walnut are larger
than what I now know are the non-biodegradable (and bleached
for looks) polypropylene abrasives used in lesser brands.
I had no idea that the abrasives commonly used in hand cleaners
are made from plastic, but think about this: about a bazillion
people wash their hands each day (hopefully more than once),
using all manner of soaps and hand cleaners. And all of the
abrasive and chemical residue goes -- you guessed it -- right
down the drain and into the environment.
So using ground walnut shells as an abrasive suddenly makes
a lot of sense, because unlike polypropylene, the walnut shells
are indeed biodegradable.
Most of the other ingredients used in the Hand Kind formula
are also biodegradable. Don't worry though -- I'm sure you've
probably tried some of these "green" cleaning products
that make you feel good but which don't actually work very well.
The Hand Kind Hand Cleaner does indeed work, and not just because
of the walnut shell abrasive.
Hand Kind says that the product was originally developed
for the military to help remove "toxic heavy metal ions"
which can build up on the skin as a result of the apparently
strange activities we all take part in lately that put those
filthy ions on our hands. Hand Kind was designed to remove these
ions -- along with your basic garden-variety forms of dirt.
One thing I noticed right away is that it doesn't take much
Hand Kind to do the job. I'm not sure if it's the formulation
or if it's the the walnut shell abrasives, but only a tiny amount
is necessary. In fact, the first photo of the squiggly of Hand
Kind is probably twice what is necessary for a single hand wash.
Another feature that makes Hand Kind different is that it
does not contain the moisturizers that are commonly found
(and often trumpeted) in off-the-shelf hand cleaner brands.
When you think about it, many of the common brands of hand
cleaners (and dishwashing liquids) are marketed and sold more
on their claims of hand moisturizing capability than performance.
Hand Kind said that the moisturizers found in most of those
formulas do not remain on the skin long enough to much of do
anything, which makes sense when you think about it. After all,
it's a hand soap, you're washing your hands and the stuff goes
right down the drain -- it doesn't stay on your hands.
They also claim that Hand Kind has "a unique blend of
intense humectant skin treatments that actually promote the
skin's own moisturizing properties" (A humectant is defined
as "A substance having affinity for water with stabilizing
action on the water content of a material"). OK, I guess
I'll have to take their word on that one...
By the way, even though the walnut shell abrasive feels larger
than you might expect to find in a hand cleaner, Hand Kind says
that the smaller polypropylene abrasives can actually cause
tearing and wear on the skin, while the walnut shells are specially
sized and ground to keep the edges at a particular amount of
sharpness (or dullness).
They also claim that the walnut shell material is a better
exfoliator of dead skin cells, which then allows more contact
between the humectant and helps remove the ions more effectively.
The company does claim that the use of Hand Kind Hand Cleaner
will "help repair damaged and cracked skin". They
explained the process starts with the "unique feeling"
that Hand Kind leaves on the skin. This is another one of the
differentiators; Hand Kind says that comparisons with off-the-shelf
products like Go-Jo or Fast Orange are difficult to make, because "those
products strip essential components of the skin and Hand Kind
actually repairs it".
"It feels slippery when you’re rinsing and then when
dry, very grippy but smooth", I was told. "That is
what the skin's acid mantle feels like when it is not being
disrupted, basically bringing back your natural grip and skin
That slippery feeling is not the product but the skin intensely
hanging on to moisture, hence, no dry skin. Big difference between
a moisturizer and a true skin treatment. No industrial hand
cleaners use this process."
See? I told you someone has done a lot of thinking
about hand cleaners! All of this would be immaterial if
the stuff didn't work, but it does. It has a slight citrus smell
that is pleasant without being over-powerful. I'm glad it doesn't
have the heavy perfume scent of other hand cleaners, or the
Busted Knuckle Garage "waterless"
hand cleaner we reviewed some time ago, which smells so
bad I haven't used it since.
Note also that Hand Kind is not called a "waterless"
hand cleaner, which is somewhat of a misnomer anyway, because
I don't know of anyone who wants to leave something like Go-Jo
on the hands without cleaning it off, if only to get rid of
Hand Kind also claims that the product is "very easy
on the skin" and that it "can be used many times per
day" on any part of the body (although there are probably
some parts of the body I'm not sure I'd want to be scrubbing
with walnut shell abrasives!).
A very different
hand cleaner that works very well. A little really does go a
long way, so the price is not unreasonable, especially considering
the 24 fluid ounce bottle (709 ml) which should last a long
time. The environmental aspects of the product are also enticing,
but wouldn't mean much if it didn't work. It does.
Quick Look: Hand
Kind Hand Cleaner
|Available From: Kind
Price: $24.92 with free shipping
(24 fl.oz. bottle).
|Made In: U.S.A.
Date: January 2010 Notes:
Manufacturer offers "100% money back performance
guarantee". Product provided by the manufacturer
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