The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded its warning about hand sanitizers to avoid, with the list now topping 100.
The agency first warned consumers in June about hand sanitizers containing methanol, which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and potentially deadly if ingested. Since then, several such products have been recalled by manufacturers and pulled from store shelves.
Now, the FDA is also warning about hand sanitizers containing insufficient levels of alcohol.
“FDA test results show certain hand sanitizers have concerningly low levels of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, which are active ingredients in hand sanitizer products,” the agency said in its updated warning on July 31.
“The agency urges consumers not to use these subpotent products and has expanded its list to include subpotent hand sanitizers, in addition to hand sanitizers that are or may be contaminated with methanol.”
Nearly all of the hand sanitizers on the FDA’s list were manufactured in Mexico. The agency has recommended recalls for most of the products, and has also issued import alerts to halt them from entering the country.
Proper hand hygiene is an important part of the response to Covid-19, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends that people use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.
The full list of hand sanitizers to avoid
Below are all of the hand sanitizers that the FDA is warning consumers to avoid:
Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% AlcoholBlumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer ClearBLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer ClearKLAR AND DANVER Instant Hand SanitizerMODESA Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin EBLUMEN Advanced Hand SanitizerBLUMEN Advanced Hand SanitizerBLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer AloeBLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer LavenderBLUMEN Clear Advanced Hand SanitizerBLUMEN Clear Advanced Hand SanitizerBLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand SanitizerBLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand SanitizerThe Honeykeeper Hand SanitizerBLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer ClearBLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand SanitizerBLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer AloeBLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer LavenderBLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 AlcoholBLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 AlcoholBlumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcoholBlumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcoholBlumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand SanitizerBlumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh CitrusKLAR and DANVER Instant Hand SanitizerHello Kitty Hand SanitizerAssured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and AloeAssured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and MoisturizersBLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance FreeBLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe VeraAssured Aloebio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 4 ozLumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 ozQualitaMed Hand Sanitizer NEXT Hand SanitizerClear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol extra soft with glycerin and aloeNuuxSan Instant Antibacterial Hand SanitizerNuuxSan Instant Hand SanitizerAssured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Aloe and MoisturizersAssured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E and AloeModesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Aloe VeraModesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Vitamin EHerbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% AlcoholHerbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% AlcoholHerbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% AlcoholEarths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera AdvancedHand Sanitizer Agavespa SkincareVidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa SkincareAll-Clean Hand SanitizerEsk Biochem Hand SanitizerLavar 70 Gel Hand SanitizerThe Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand SanitizerCleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% AlcoholCleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% AlcoholCleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% AlcoholSaniderm Advanced Hand SanitizerHand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% AlcoholMedicare Alcohol Antiseptic Topical SolutionGelBact Hand SanitizerHand SanitizerTriCleanzSayab Antisepctic Hand Sanitizer 100Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 62% with Vitamin ELeiper’s Fork Distillery Bulk Disinfectant per 5 gallon and Leiper’s Fork Distillery 16 oz bottleAndy’s BestAndy’sNeoNaturalPlus AdvancedOptimus Instant Hand SanitizerOptimus Lubricants Instant Hand SanitizerOptimus Instant Hand SanitizerSelecto Hand SanitizerShine and Clean Hand SanitizerHand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl AlcoholHand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand RubMystic Shield Protection hand sanitizerBorn Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 70% alcoholBorn Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 65% AlcoholScent Theory — Keep It Clean — Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand SanitizerCavalryENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing GelLux Eoi Hand Sanitizing GelScent Theory — Keep It Clean — Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand SanitizerBersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance FreeBersih Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizerPurity Advanced Hand SanitizerHand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 70%TriCleanz Tritanium Labs Hand SanitizerBritz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70% Parabola Hand Sanitizer Urbane Bath and Body Hand Sanitizer Cleaner Hand Sanitizer Rinse Free 70% Handzer Hand Sanitizer Rinse FreeKleanz Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer AdvancedBe Safe Hand SanitizerWave Hand Sanitizer GelDAESI Hand Sanitizer