FDA warns Toxic Hand Sanitizers for Coronavirus could Kill You

(June 29, 2020) The US FDA has warned that certain hand sanitizers could sicken or even kill you. A toxic chemical additive in some sanitizers could lead to poor health outcomes that include blindness and even death.

FDA Update: Ethanol with Methanol Contamination

[7-2-2020] FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

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 FDA issued an advisory on June 20 warning against the use of nine different hand sanitizer products made by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico which contain this specific additive.

Methanol / Wood Alcohol

Each of those nine products, listed below, contain methanol, or wood alcohol, an ingredient known to be highly toxic when ingested or absorbed through the skin. FDA listed these nine sanitizers as containing methanol:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
    • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
    • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
    • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
    • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
    • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
    • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
    • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
    • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

FDA Warning over Methanol

The FDA says substantial exposure to methanol “can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.”

Commercial Hand Sanitizers offer no Virus Protection

It is also worth noting that commercial hand sanitizers don’t offer any protection against viruses, anyway.

The latest bombshell, which shows the cure worse than the disease, is shocking news for millions of Americans who rushed to clear the shelves of whatever hand sanitizer products they could find in grocery and drug stores. Americans have since seen a nationwide shortage of hand sanitizers.

Most shoppers likely thought that some sanitizer is better than none at all, but the truth of the matter is that it now looks like nothing is better than virtually any commercial hand sanitizer.

Newsflash: Even if a hand sanitizer product does not contain methanol, nevertheless it likely contains a laundry list of other toxic chemicals that can leach into the body through the skin.

Ethanol Warning

Ethanol is another dangerous chemical found in many hand sanitizers. MSDS online tells us, “[S]hould ethanol come into contact with your skin, gently wash the area with warm water and soap. If the skin is still irritated, seek medical assistance for further treatment.” So if you use an ethanol-based hand sanitizer, you need to wash it off right away. Does that make sense?

Hand Sanitizers Don’t Work

These dangerous hand sanitizers might be worth using if they actually worked against the Corona virus, but they don’t work. Nearly a decade ago, peer-reviewed literature from University of Virginia scientists found that commercial hand sanitizers do not even protect against the transmission of viruses, including influenza or the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

That study found that even hand sanitizers which claim to possess “enhanced antiviral activity” — as long as they are applied every three hours — were found to provide no benefits. Similar infection rates were found in volunteers who used no hand sanitizer at all and those who applied it every three hours.

Dr. Ronald B. Turner, the study’s lead author, told the media that he and his colleagues were shocked at the failure of hand sanitizers. Dr. Turner said: “[W]e all thought if you used hand disinfectants, it would have an impact.”  Sadly, they found otherwise.

Not only do hand sanitizers not work for viruses, they also contain other toxic additives besides methanol and ethanol that the FDA also fails to mention.

Cure Worse Than the Disease

Those additives include the antimicrobial additive triclosan, which not only contributes to antibiotic resistance but is also linked with hormone disruption. Many hand sanitizers also contain parabens, artificial fragrances, synthetic dyes – all of which can promote cancer and other chronic illnesses.

Natural Remedies

Another thing the FDA virtually always fails to do is offer any helpful advice or information regarding natural, non-toxic, non-cancerous cures and treatments. Why is that, do you wonder?

Those who are really concerned about getting sick and feel the need to use some type of cleansing agent instead of bolstering their immune systems can make their own non-toxic, non-cancer-causing hand sanitizer. Many helpful and effective recipes can be found online.