Kind Hand Cleaner
Quick Look: Hand Kind Hand Cleaner
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
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
You know it must be the dead of winter when I'm writing
and you're reading a 500+ word article about hand
But this product is different enough to deserve a
Besides, it was developed by the same person who
Metal Master and Britemax polishes that were named
as Best in Class in webBikeWorld reviews, so we were
Note that the product is also found under the name
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 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 day.
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
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
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
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
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 pliability.
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
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 the smell.
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
Retail Price: $24.92 with free shipping (24 fl.oz.
| Made In: U.S.A.
|Publication Date: January
2010 Notes: Manufacturer offers "100% money back
performance guarantee". Product provided by the manufacturer for
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