Is Your Hand Sanitizer Dangerous?

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Is Your Hand Sanitizer Dangerous?

(HealthyResearch.com) – The FDA has been busy lately cracking down on hand sanitizer manufacturers that have been taking advantage of panicking consumers. Some of the products have merely been ineffective or contaminated with microbes, but many are popping up containing dangerous active ingredients that have no business being used in topical gels. We have the full recall list to date.

Brands Containing Methanol

Methanol, also called methyl (or wood) alcohol, is extremely toxic to humans and absorbs easily through the skin. The CDC warns that methanol poisoning can cause loss of coordination, headache, nausea/vomiting, reduced consciousness, blurred vision and blindness — which is permanent. Some people have died due to methanol toxicity.

The FDA has flagged all of these hand sanitizers for containing methanol or being manufactured in a facility where methanol-contaminated sanitizers have been found:

  • Argent Defense Group Hand Sanitizer
  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • All Clear Hand Sanitizer Fragrance-Free
  • Always Be Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Andy’s Best
  • Andy’s
  • Asesores en Mantenimiento Hand Sanitizer Antiseptic Hand Gel 70-2
  • Assured Aloe
  • Assured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Aloe and Moisturizers
  • Assured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E and Aloe
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)
  • Be Safe Hand Sanitizer (labeled “Model: BF-HGXXXX-09”; “XXXX” changes based on packaging size)
  • Bersih Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution Hand Sanitizer
  • Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance-Free
  • bio aaa Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear with 70% Ethyl Alcohol with Glycerin & Vitamin E
  • Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear with 70% Ethyl Alcohol with Glycerin & Vitamin E
  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol
  • Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera
  • Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer
  • Blumen Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70% Alcohol
  • Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol with Glycerin and Aloe
  • Blumen Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus
  • Blumen Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance-Free
  • Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 65% Alcohol
  • Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • Brand Name Distributors Plus Advanced
  • Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%
  • BV BYE Virus 99
  • Cavalry (labeled “Product of Mexico”)
  • CleanCare Nogerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • Cleaner by Crystalware E Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Gel
  • Cleaner Hand Sanitizer Rinse-Free 70%
  • Command Gel AntiBac Instant hand sanitizer
  • DAESI Hand Sanitizer
  • Dolphin Hands Sanitizer
  • Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced
  • ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
  • GelBac T Hand Sanitizer
  • Goldsquare Hand Sanitizer
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • Greenfrog Hand Sanitizer
  • Greenfrog Hand Sanitizing wipes
  • Grupo Insoma Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol
  • Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • Handzer Hand Sanitizer Rinse-Free
  • Hello Kitty Hand Sanitizer
  • Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer
  • Inatek Hand Sanitizer Non-Sterile Solution 70% of Alcohol
  • Ignacio Reyes Gonzalez Alcohol Antiseptic 70% Solution or 80% Solution
  • In Good Hands Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • Jalisco Paper Inc Restaurant Supplies Hand Sanitizer
  • Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 62% with Vitamin E
  • Just Hand Sanitizer Single Use Packs
  • Klar and Danver Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleanz Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Advanced
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • Leiper’s Fork Distillery Bulk Disinfectant per 5 gallon and Leiper’s Fork Distillery 16 oz bottle
  • Liberty International Cleaner Hand Sanitizer Rinse-Free 70%
  • LTD Enterprises 70% Alcohol Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • LumiSkin Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Medek Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Antiseptic topical solution 80%
  • M Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Antiseptic topical solution 80% Topical Solution Hand Sanitizer
  • Medically Minded Hand Sanitizer Gel Antimicrobial Formula
  • Medical Mary Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Medi Science Laboratories Germ Killa 70% Alcohol Hand Gel
  • Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Aloe Vera
  • Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Vitamin E
  • Modesta Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin E
  • MVP Sanitizing Services Spray Hand Sanitizer
  • Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer
  • NEXT Hand Sanitizer
  • NuuxSan Instant Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • NuuxSan Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • O.K. Pharmacy Hand Sanitizer
  • Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • OZO Ozone Hand Sanitizer
  • OZO Ozone Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • OZO Hand Sanitizer, Luxury Formula
  • Pacific Coast Global Inc. and Tritanium Labs Hand Sanitizer
  • Parabola Hand Sanitizer
  • Purity Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Plus Advanced
  • Protz Real Protection Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Pure Haven Alcohol Antiseptic 80% Topical Solution Hand Sanitizer
  • QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer
  • Resource Recovery and Trading Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol
  • Resource Recovery and Trading Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse-Free Hand Rub
  • ResQue 1st Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Sayab Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 100
  • Scent Theory – Keep It Clean – Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Selecto Hand Sanitizer
  • Shine and Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • SkinGuard24 All-Day Hand Sanitizer
  • SYP Health Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Gel
  • Total Pure Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • TriCleanz (labeled “Made in Mexico”)
  • TriCleanz Tritanium Labs Hand Sanitizer (labeled “Made in Mexico”)
  • Urbane Bath and Body Hand Sanitizer
  • USMed Supplies 70% Alcohol Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • Volu-Sol Handrub Sanitizing Solution
  • Wave Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • Wet Look Janitorial and Gardening Corp. Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 70%
  • Yacana Clase Mundial Isopropyl Alcohol Antiseptic 70% Topical Solution or Gel
  • Yacana Alcohol Antiseptic 70% Topical Solution

Brands Made With 1-Propanol

1-Propanol, or 1-propyl alcohol, is less dangerous when absorbed topically, but it can irritate the skin and may cause allergic reactions. The big danger comes when a person ingests it by mouth, which can result in depressed heart rate, slowed breathing, and even death.

The following have been flagged for containing 1-propanol or being manufactured in a facility where contaminated sanitizers have been found:

  • Fujimura Trading Zanilast + Gel
  • Harmonic Nature Alcohol Antiseptic 75% Topical Solution Hand Sanitizer
  • Nanomateriales Zanilast + Gel

Brands With Ineffective Potency Levels

Some hand sanitizers contain the right active ingredients, but not at useful levels. These brands have been recalled for being ineffective:

  • Bernal Hand Sanitizer
  • Biokaab Inc. Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • CIRG Waste & Recycling Solutions US Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol
  • Clean Humans Hand Sanitizer
  • Datsen Hand Sanitizer
  • DEPQ Internacional Hand Sanitizer
  • DEPQ Internacional Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • Derma70 Hand Sanitizer
  • dgreen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Antibacterial Gel
  • dgreen Advanced Sanitizer Alcohol-Free
  • Florance Morris Body Care Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer
  • Genesis Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • Grupo Insoma Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol
  • HF&N Lab Medi Care Alcohol Antiseptic Topical Solution
  • Killz Germz
  • Medically Minded Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • Medtek Supplies Hand Sanitizer
  • NeoNatural
  • Panagel Hand Sanitizer
  • Protz Real Protection Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • SensiMedical Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • Quimica Magna Alcohol Antiseptic 62% Hand Sanitizer
  • Quimica Magna Alcohol Antiseptic 65% Hand Sanitizer
  • Quimica Magna Alcohol Antiseptic 70% Hand Sanitizer
  • UltraCruz Hand Sanitizing Gel Antimicrobial
  • V-KLEAN Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • Yacana Isopropyl Alcohol Antiseptic 70% Topical Solution

Brands With Other Issues

The following brands have been pulled due to other problems:

  • AMX Instant Hand Sanitizer (unspecified)
  • foamyiQ Lemon Blossom Hand Sanitizer (contains microbes)
  • Leafree Instant Hand Sanitizer (marketed as “edible alcohol”)
  • Lite ’n Foamy Lemon Blossom Hand Sanitizer (contains microbes)

Hand sanitizer can be an important part of staying safe out in public, especially during a pandemic, but not all products are created equally. Check labels carefully; there are a lot of recalled brands still out there. Most of them have come in from Mexico, according to a CNN report, so it might be best to avoid hand sanitizers from imported sources for the time being. Make sure the product contains at least 60% ethanol, or ethyl alcohol, and stay updated on the recall; the FDA’s list may not yet be complete.

~Here’s to Your Health & Safety!

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