Last Updated: August 2, 2021

6 best adhesive bandages.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 11 min read

The best adhesive bandages help protect any minor scrapes, wounds, or abrasions by sticking to your skin and keeping your wounds dry, clean, and protected. That seems simple enough, but when you start to look at purchasing a great adhesive bandage for you and your household it gets a little more complex. Why are there so many options?


If you know us at all here at Grove we love a natural product. So we''ve found the best eco-friendly and natural adhesive bandages that we feel comfortable putting on our bodies. That means there are no chemicals, no animal testing, and many of these bandages are biodegrdable so they break down after you're done using them. Check out our list below of the best flexible bandages that are also highly rated by actual Grove members.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. PATCH Bamboo Compostable Adhesive Bandages

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Ditch the character-themed bandages for your kids and substitute these cool PATCH Bamboo Compostable Adhesive Bandages for their booboos instead. These compostable bandages (not just for kids) are ideal for sensitive skin types since they’re hypoallergenic, plastic-free, and paraben-free. They use a pressure-sensitive adhesive that sticks well, and …

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2. Welly Assorted Colorwash Adhesive Bandages

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Sometimes we put on a brave face, and then we fall flat on it — that’s when these Welly bravery bandages come in quite handy. These Welly Assorted Colorwash Adhesive Bandages cover up cuts, scrapes, and burns nicely by sealing on all four sides. Plus, they’re two times more absorbent than other brands, and they feature a gentle, tear-free adhesive …

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3. PATCH Bamboo Compostable Activated Charcoal Adhesive Bandages

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A cut above the rest, these PATCH Bamboo Compostable Activated Charcoal Adhesive Bandages are biodegradable, compostable, hypoallergenic, plastic-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, triclosan-free, vegan, and never tested on animals. They’re made from 100% organic bamboo fiber, and the gauze is made with activated charcoal to help speed the heeling …

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25 Ct
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4. PATCH Bamboo Compostable Aloe Vera Adhesive Bandages

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It’s so necessary to have basic first aid supplies in your home, especially if you’re an adventure seeker or just a little clumsy. Add these PATCH Bamboo Compostable Aloe Vera Adhesive Bandages to your cart and get them delivered to your door in your next Grove shipment. These PATCH bandages are made from 100-percent bamboo fiber, making them both …

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5. Welly Assorted Space Adhesive Bandages

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Welly Assorted Space Adhesive Bandages — we love you to the moon and back. That’s because these kids band aids feature fun, out-of-this world designs with constellations, stars, planets, and other things that get space fanatics nerding out big time. Plus, they seal on all four sides to keep germs and dirt out, and they have a gentle, tear-free …

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48 count
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6. PATCH Coconut Oil Bamboo Bandages - Large Square & Rectangles

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When you need that little extra care, reach for a PATCH. Made with 100% natural and super soft bamboo fibre, this hypoallergenic Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) is gentle on skin and helps you get on with your adventures. This handy pack contains squares and rectangles for those larger wound areas, with a coconut oil enriched gauze.

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5 large square bandages, 5 large rectangle bandages
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FAQs

What are adhesive bandages used for?

Most adhesive bandages are used when a person gets minor cuts, bites, splinters, and abrasions. They cover wounds to protect them from infections and any contact with germs or dirt. Adhesive bandages stick to your skin so they won't come off as you do daily activities, keeping your cuts clean and allowing them to heal.


The best adhesive bandages also include some sort of antifungal or antibacterial property to help your cut or abrasion heal without infection. These PATCH Bamboo Compostable Activated Charcoal Adhesive Bandages contain activated charcoal to help speed the healing process as long as you change the bandage at least every day or sooner if it gets wet or dirty.


How do you remove bandage adhesive from skin?

Have you ever removed a flexible bandage and had black sticky residue left behind on your skin? Yup, we have to! That's why we researched ways to remove that extra adhesive on your skin in a natural, gentle way. If you don't remove the residue, it can attract dirt, which will make it a sticky, dirty mess. So here are some tips for removing adhesive from skin.


  • Step 1: Wet the adhesive with rubbing alcohol and let it sit for a few seconds.
  • Step 2: Use a microfiber cloth to gently rub at the residue.
  • Step 3: If needed, add more rubbing alcohol and repeat the process until the residue is gone.

For a more natural approach, try warm water, mild soap, and an essential oil and gently rub at the adhesive with that mixture until it starts to come off.


Find more tips on how to remove adhesive and sticker residue here.


Can you get adhesive bandages wet?

Most adhesive bandages aren't made to withstand getting wet. That's because adhesive bandages are actually made to be replaced quite often so you don't get an infection on your open wound. But if you need a flexible bandage to stay on in a bit of water, there are some tips and tricks you can do to create better stickiness and adhesion.


  • Put a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol on the skin where the bandage will go. Let it dry fully before putting the bandage on.
  • Put extra adhesive tape or wraps around the bandage to give it extra sticking help.
  • Try a waterproof adhesive bandage, which is made with extra adhesion. Just remember to change the bandage regularly to avoid infections.
  • See if you can wrap the bandage so it sticks to itself instead of your skin.

What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.


If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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