Know more about your hand sanitizer

Know more about your hand sanitizer

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still highly recommends regular hand washing (with plain soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds) as the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection and decrease the risk of getting sick.

However, in this time of COVID-19 and heightened awareness of hand hygiene, a sink, running water and soap are not always readily available, making hand sanitizer the next best option, as recommended by the CDC.

 

Will any hand sanitizer do?

The CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. The US Food and Drug Administration also urges everyone to avoid using hand sanitizers with methanol (wood alcohol), due to the high risk of toxicity and dangerous side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, blindness and other serious, potentially life-threatening conditions.

 

Could I make my own hand sanitizer?

The FDA does not recommend anyone make their own hand sanitizer at home. If a recipe/formula is incorrect or if it is incorrectly made, a hand sanitizer can be ineffective or potentially dangerous, causing skin burns or other irritations.

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