These 9 Hand Sanitizers Contain A Toxic Ingredient That Could Be Harmful To Your Health

Jennifer Nied
Photo credit: Photo by Katkami - Getty Images
Photo credit: Photo by Katkami - Getty Images

From Women's Health

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to avoid nine hand sanitizer brands and immediately dispose of any on hand.

  • The hand sanitizers are all made by Eskbiochem in Mexico and contain potentially toxic alcohol, methanol.

  • Methanol exposure, including topical or ingestion, requires immediate medical attention.

Hand sanitizer is as much a part of daily life now as wearing a mask and social distancing.

However, you might want to double-check your stash: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just shared a new warning against using hand sanitizers manufactured by the Mexico-based Eskbiochem SA de CV due to potentially toxic alcohol, in a report published on June 19.

The FDA warning says to avoid the following brands:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)

  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)

  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)

  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)

  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)

  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)

  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)

  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)

  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

These brands are not safe for use because the FDA discovered potentially toxic levels of methanol in samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Methanol, unlike the ethyl alcohol commonly found in hand sanitizer, is not an approved ingredient for hand sanitizers and is not safe to use.

Substantial methanol exposure (including topical or ingestion) can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, or death according to the FDA.

If you may have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol, you should contact your doctor ASAP for treatment and dispose of the product, per the FDA. "Do not flush or pour these products down the drain," the agency advised.

Also, be on the lookout for false and misleading claims for hand sanitizers, like 24-hour protection against viruses including COVID-19. "There is no evidence to support these claims," per the FDA. As always, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best way to keep them clean and prevent the spread of germs.

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