9 no touch tools and keyrings you can use to avoid door handles and lift buttons

You’ve got your face mask on and your hand sanitiser stashed safely in your bag, but there are some activities that still require a bit of physical contact, like opening a door, or tapping a key pad to pay for your purchases in a shop. It’s for this reason that searches for no touch tools and keyrings are rising – in our new normal, these clever bits of kit are just one method that can help you to avoid the spread of germs and stay as safe as possible.

The premise is simple: no touch tools typically have a space to slot your finger into, and then an extended piece of metal or plastic that you can use to interact with the highly-trafficked areas you’d rather avoid; think door handles and doorbells, ATM machines, and lift buttons. Most of them also double up as keyrings that you can loop onto your existing chain, so you won’t forget to take them when you’re out and about.

With prices starting from around £1.50, an affordable no touch tool is another little extra that might help you feel more secure in returning to your former pre-covid life. So if you’re keen to start going contactless, here are 9 options to invest in now.

9 no touch tools and keyrings to shop now

no touch toolManTool Clean Key 5-in-1 Tool – Contactless EDC No Touch Door Opener with Anti-Slip Design, £2.99, Amazon 

no touch toolSafe Touch Key, £8, Etsy

door opener ukDoor Opener, Button Pusher, EDC, Touchless Antimicrobial Tool, £4.47, Etsy

recycled plastic no touch toolThe No Touch Tool (made from recycled plastic), £8.50, Precious Plastic Lancaster

no touch tooliSOUL Copper Contactless Door Opener Tool, £7.95, Amazon

no touch toolKYOTO HILLS Contactless No Touch Key Door Opener, £4.95, Amazon

dog no touch toolNo-Touch Door Opener, £1.49, Etsy

UK Made Dolphin Hands-Free Door Opener, £2.99, Etsy

peel no touch toolKeychain Touch Tool, £28, Peel 

FYI, metal no touch tools, made from materials such as copper, brass and alloy zinc are often labelled as antimicrobial, able to ‘slows or kills the spread of microorganisms’. However, it is worth noting that studies show that viruses can still live on them for up to four hours – much less time than other materials, but still not negating the need to clean them regularly and thoroughly.