Contaminated Hand Sanitizer

Several hand sanitizers are reported to be contaminated with methanol.  Among those reported on Fox Business News are Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer and several others manufactured in Mexico.  Our 5000 Horsepower on Methanol tech manual has an entire chapter on methanol hazards to skin, lungs, eyes, etc.  It is reported that methanol cannot be made non-hazardous to human exposure, even with sugar additive (occasional ‘wife’s tail’ in the racing pits) or in any other mixtures.

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We examined several other brands of hand sanitizers with labels only reading alcohol as the contents.  That is an industry shortcoming.  We researched several of those to confirm ethanol or iso-propyl alcohol.

Ethanol and iso-propyl alcohol are common alcohols used in sanitizers.

Methanol, a common racing fuel, is also an alcohol, but it is not suitable for sanitizers where human contact is made.

All labels of products with alcohol should identify the type of alcohol.  If you or any of your family members have peculiar symptoms after using hand sanitizer or any other sanitizers such as sprays, you should further examine the sanitizer contents.  If methanol is present, that may be the cause.  If so, medical intervention may be needed.

Latest additional hand sanitizer news as of 8-13-2020:

(1) Some hand sanitizers with isopropyl alcohol are reported to have a health risk version called 1-propanol.   One of these is Harmonic Nature S de RL de MI in Mexico.  The version of isopropyl alcohol that is supposed to be used is 2-proponal.  For more information:

(2) Some hand sanitizers are reported to have not enough alcohol.  Some examples are:

  • NeoNatural from Limpo Quimicos SA de CV
  • Medicare Alcohol Antiseptic Topical Solution from Healthy Foods & Nutrition Lab de Mexico SA de CV
  • Datsen Hand Sanitizer and Alcohol Antiseptic 62% Hand Sanitizer from Quimica Magna de Mexico SA de CV
  • Alcohol Antiseptic 65% Hand Sanitizer
  • Alcohol Antiseptic 70% Hand Sanitizer and Bernal Hand Sanitizer.

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