Be Safe When Choosing Hand Sanitizers

Hand sanitizer has become a staple on our shopping lists. But some of the supply being produced to meet the demand is either not effective or downright dangerous, according to the Food & Drug Administration.

The FDA’s list of over 100 hand sanitizers to be avoided includes products with inadequate levels of alcohol, as well as those containing potentially dangerous methanol.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that, when soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent ethanol should be used. The FDA. has found at least 4 hand sanitizers with inadequate concentrations of ethanol, including: NeoNatural, Medicare Alcohol Antiseptic Topical Solution, Datsen Hand Sanitizer and Alcohol Antiseptic 62 Percent Hand Sanitizer.

The FDA has also reported a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and can be life-threatening if ingested. Don’t expect methanol to be listed on the ingredients: Check the list of hand sanitizers to be avoided.