The Dangers of Methanol-Based Hand Sanitizer

Is your hand sanitizer helping you, or harming you?

As the big names in the cleaning industry face a supply shortage in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many new companies are surfacing to fill the void. However, what the public needs to be aware of, is that many of these companies are manufacturing products that can do you more harm than good. For example, hand sanitizer.

The FDA has recently warned consumers as to a risk of methanol contamination in certain hand sanitizers. There are a number of hand sanitizers being produced that are contaminated with methanol, or even use it as the active ingredient. Hand sanitizers should use ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol as the active ingredient, not methanol – as it can have toxic effects. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a chemical that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin, and can be toxic or even life-threatening when ingested.

Along with the problem of companies using methanol in the manufacturing of hand sanitizers, some have even been listing alcohol as the active ingredient even though it’s actually methanol. So as consumers, not only do we have to watch the ingredients listed on hand sanitizer labels, but we also must do our due diligence to ensure that the products are manufactured by a reputable company. Thankfully, the FDA is doing what they can recall any harmful products, and to keep the public informed! You can check out this link to see a list of the hand sanitizers the FDA has recalled: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol.

All FormoClean products are manufactured to recommended guidelines, and our hand sanitizers all use ethyl alcohol as the active ingredient. If you have any questions about FormoClean or hand sanitizers in general, feel free to contact us!

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