The FDA is warning against dangerous hand sanitizers. Here’s the list.

Among the issues with the hand sanitizers is the presence of methanol.

A man uses a hand sanitizer dispenser at the Hilton Hurghada Plaza hotel in Egypt's southern Red Sea city of Hurghada on June 19, 2020.
A person using a hand sanitizer station amid the coronavirus pandemic. –Khaled Dssouki/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid using approximately 100 hand sanitizer products.

Among the issues with the products the FDA is warning against is the presence of methanol. Methanol, or wood alcohol, can be toxic if absorbed through the skin or ingested, according to the FDA.

The list of products to avoid include sanitizers that have been tested by FDA and found to contain methanol; are labeled to contain methanol; are being recalled by the manufacturer or distributor; are subpotent, meaning they has less than the required amount of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol; or are purportedly made at the same facility as products that have been tested by FDA and found to contain methanol.

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“The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations, and death,” the agency said in a news release. “Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects.”

Here are the hand sanitizer products the FDA is warning consumers to avoid. Complete information, including distributor and manufacturer information, is available at the FDA’s website.

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Andy’s
  • Andy’s Best
  • 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)
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and Moisturizers
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe
  • Be Safe Hand Sanitizer
  • Bersih Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer
  • Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free
  • bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcohol
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol
  • BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%
  • BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol
  • Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus
  • BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera
  • BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free
  • Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 65% Alcohol
  • Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%
  • Cavalry
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • Cleaner Hand Sanitizer Rinse Free 70%
  • Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol extra soft with glycerin and aloe
  • DAESI Hand Sanitizer
  • Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced
  • ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
  • GelBact Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol
  • Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand Rub
  • Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 70%
  • Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol
  • Handzer Hand Sanitizer Rinse Free
  • Hello Kitty Hand Sanitizer
  • Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 62% with Vitamin E
  • 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
  • LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 oz
  • LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 4 oz
  • Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Medicare Alcohol Antiseptic Topical Solution
  • Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Aloe Vera
  • Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Vitamin E
  • Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer
  • NeoNatural
  • NEXT Hand Sanitizer
  • NuuxSan Instant Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • NuuxSan Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Parabola Hand Sanitizer
  • Plus Advanced
  • Purity Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Sayab Antisepctic Hand Sanitizer 100
  • Scent Theory – Keep It Clean – Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Selecto Hand Sanitizer
  • Shine and Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer
  • TriCleanz
  • TriCleanz Tritanium Labs Hand Sanitizer
  • Urbane Bath and Body Hand Sanitizer
  • Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • Wave Hand Sanitizer Gel

The FDA first warned consumers in June of hand sanitizers containing methanol and announced these updates on July 31. The agency’s investigation is ongoing.


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