What to look for in hand sanitizer

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With COVID-19, the rush has been on to manufacture hand sanitizer resulting in some products being made with inferior ingredients and in facilities that have no experience manufacturing sanitizer. Consequently, the product may be cloudy when it should be clear and/or be more watery versus gel like.

Here are some tips about what to look for or ask about when buying your hand sanitizer:

  1. Alcohol: you want to make certain that they using an FDA approved alcohol since all alcohol is NOT created equal.  Denatured like ethyl alcohol is best and was recently mandated by the FDA to be used.   https://www.fda.gov/media/136390/download
  2. When reviewing the ingredient list, make certain that “Carbomer” is listed towards the beginning.  The is what lends the sanitizer its viscosity or gel like feel.
  3. The amount of alcohol should be 70% to kill 99% of germs.  The less alcohol used, the less likely the germs will be rendered inactive.

If you find one that adds aloe, the more soothing it will be although Vitamin E is another great ingredient.  Some folks like a light scent to their sanitizer but many prefer scent free – either way, you want something that does have a slight scent and bitter taste to discourage a child from ingesting. 

Back in April, the FDA stepped up and refined their definitions regarding hand sanitizer stressing the type of alcohol to be used and labeling instructions as well to prevent any injuries. With that came what some are calling a “stink” or rather unpleasant smell.  It is the denatured alcohol that is being used because of the FDA mandate. See https://www.fda.gov/media/136390/download for more information.

Hand sanitizer cannot stop the spread of COVID-19 and cannot protect you for indefinite periods of time.  Frequent hand washing is still the preferred method to prevent the spread of germs used in conjunction with hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

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