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A bottle of Germ-X

Germ-x is the brand name of a line of antibacterial and antimicrobial products marketed in the United States. Germ-X products include instant hand sanitizer gels, foaming hand soap, and soft wipes. Germ-X products are manufactured by Vi-Jon Laboratories, based in St. Louis, Missouri.

The active ingredient in Germ-X sanitizer is ethyl alcohol. The active ingredient in Germ-X hand soap and soft wipes is benzalkonium chloride. The brand's advertising slogan is "Kills 99.99% of germs".

Vi-Jon cites the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) October 20, 2005 Non-Prescription Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting as proof of Germ-X's effectiveness.[1][2]


There are various scents for Germ-X hand sanitizer including original, aloe, morning fresh and lavender & chamomile. Additionally, there are kid friendly sanitizers under the Germ Blaster name in fun colors and scents that are intended to appeal to children.


  1. ^ Germ-X press release
  2. ^ Dr. Sally Bloomfield, Ph.D, speaking at the FDA Non-Prescription Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting, October 20, 2005. Transcript (PDF), pages 237–248.

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