Goldshield claims to be an alcohol-free water-based hand sanitizer that kills 99.99% of germs instantly and will last for hours. Goldshield adds it’s safe for children, gentle on your skin, and you only need 1-2 applications per day to keep free of germs.

What’s in Goldshield that they say makes it so great for cleaning my skin?

Goldshield lists its active ingredient as 0.1% benzalkonium chloride, a common disinfectant used in many antibacterial and first aid products (remember Bactine?) Benzalkonium chloride has been in use for 70 years and is considered safe by manufacturers and the Government, as long it is no higher than 0.1%.

Goldshield is also listed as a water-based formula, which they state is better than alcohol-based lotions that dry out the skin (they also warn that alcohol is flammable). They add that Goldshield contains moisturizers and is gentle on the skin and state 1 or 2 pumps a day will kill 99.99% of all yucky germs on your skin, and continue to do so even after its dried.

How much does Goldshield cost to buy it?

Golshield sells for “buy one get one half off”, listed as $14.95 plus $5.95 shipping and handling for a total of $20.90. Since they state each bottle is a 3-month supply, they state you will have 6 months worth with your order.

Is there a money back guarantee for Goldshield alcohol-free sanitizer?

There is no money back guarantee listed on the website and no customer service telephone number.  They list only an email – We emailed to find out and are awaiting a response.

Bottom Line: is Goldshield a good anti-microbial soap that will keep my hands germ free all day?

Most likely no. We say this because of several factors.

While benzalkonium chloride is still considered safe, some watchdogs are concerned about long-term safety of its use and point to studies showing regular use at 0.02 in contact lenses damaged the eyes. There are also some reports of users that have side effects of irritation or burning after using it.

And although they state Goldshield is safe for children, a 2011 study designed to evaluate the effectiveness of hand sanitizers was changed to exclude sanitizers containing benzalkonium chloride because of safety concerns.

Is an alcohol-free sanitizer better than one with alcohol?

No. The Center for Disease Control recommends using hand sanitizers that contain 60% alcohol. But they also stress to only use these types of cleaners only if soap and water are not available.

In addition, the FDA states there is currently no evidence that any antibacterial soap is more effective at preventing illness than using regular soap and water.

While there have also been concerns that using these anti-microbial soaps create “superbugs”, the truth is more complicated with some experts saying their rise is due to the over-prescription of antibiotics for humans and livestock.

Therefore we say: stick to soap and cold water – warm water is actually unnecessary and wasteful – to rid yourself of any germs. Wash for 20 seconds (count by singing “Happy Birthday” to yourself), which will be plenty of time to get rid of any bacteria.

We hope this helps you make an informed decision about Goldshield – let us know what you think of it below!