Hand Sanitizer - Safe or Not?

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Edition 107 - July 26, 2020

As more cases of Covid-19 continue to spike, the need for hand sanitizers has been surging causing a demand for companies to rush to the market with hand sanitizers to meet the demand. Manufactures are producing hand sanitizers that contain Methanol, or wood alcohol which is toxic.

FDA has identified 75 Brands of hand sanitizer containing Methanol which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and life threatening if consumed. According to CBS News, these hand sanitizers are being sold to Costco, Walmart and other national chains claiming to have Ethanol but instead are testing positive for Methanol. Signs of methanol poisoning include nausea, vomiting, headache and blurred vision. In worst cases, it can result in permanent blindness, seizures, coma, and permanent damage to the nervous system or death.

According to the FDA, here are the lists of confirmed hand sanitizers in the market containing Methanol currently being recalled:

  • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • 4E Global's KLAR AND DANVER Instant Hand Sanitizer labeled as Greenbrier International Inc.
  • 4E Global's Modesa Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin E
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Lear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • 4E Global's Blumen Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcohol
  • 4E Global's Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus
  • 4E Global's Klar and Danver Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Hello Kitty by Sanrio Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)
  • 4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)
  • 4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe
  • 4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and Moisturizers
  • 4E Global's Blumen Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free
  • 4E Global's Blumen Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera
  • 4E Global's Assured Aloe
  • AAA Cosmetica's bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer
  • AAA Cosmetica's LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer (multiple sizes)
  • AAA Cosmetica's QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer
  • DDI Multinacional's Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced
  • DDI Multinacional's Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • DDI Multinacional's Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • Eskbiochem's All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Eskbiochem's Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
  • Eskbiochem's Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • Eskbiochem's The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
  • Eskbiochem's Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Grupo Insoma's Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol
  • Limpo Quimicos' Andy’s Best
  • Limpo Quimicos' Andy’s
  • Limpo Quimicos' Gelclor
  • Limpo Quimicos' NeoNatural
  • Limpo Quimicos' Plus Advanced
  • Liqesa Exportacion or Liq-E-S.A.'s Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Maquiladora Miniara's Shine and Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Maquiladora Miniara's Selecto Hand Sanitizer
  • Mystic International's Mystic Shield Protection Hand Sanitizer
  • Soluciones Cosmeticas’ Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free
  • Soluciones Cosmeticas’ Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer
  • Soluciones Cosmeticas’ Hand Sanitizer labeled as Wet Look Janitorial and Gardening Corp.
  • Tropicosmeticos' Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%
  • Yara Elena De La Garza Perez Nieto's DAESI hand sanitizer
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Born Basic Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Scent Theory Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Cavalry
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Enliven Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Keep It Clean
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Hand Sanitizer
  • MXL Comercial's Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol
  • MXL Comercial's Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand Rub

Source: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol

It could be wise to stay using the trusted brands if you are using hand sanitizers or just stick with washing hands frequently and practicing good hygiene habits. If there is a shortage of hand sanitizers, maybe practice using hand sanitizers conservatively with a combination of hand washing could be a good option. I am no doctor of course but that’s just my common sense opinion. I hope this has been helpful information and can potentially help someone from being harmed. Stay safe and Commit to Greatness everyone.

-Mike Ye