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Are all alcohol-based sanitizers the same?

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Are all alcohol-based sanitizers the same?

The FDA and CDC both recommend at least 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer but does it matter what kind of alcohol is being used?

Well actually, it does!

The two recommended alcohols for hand sanitizing are ethanol and isopropanol. They have proven to be the most effective while still being safe on skin. Recently, the FDA has put out a warning about certain hand sanitizers using a different type of alcohol called methanol.

Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is used in making fuel, solvent, and antifreeze. Although naturally occurring in small amounts in fruits and vegetables, overexposure to methanol, like through skin or consumption, can be extremely poisonous. Some symptoms are nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, or death. 

LABCCIN products are all made with ethanol, which has the broadest range of protection against common germs that cause illness.

Stay safe and read the labels before you purchase! 


Sources:

https://www.chemicalsafetyfacts.org/methanol/

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-advises-consumers-not-use-hand-sanitizer-products-manufactured-eskbiochem

https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19

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