Covid-19 and FDA Hand Sanitizer Warnings

Towards the tail-end of the Covid-19 Pandemic, two of the main questions is, "why there are FDA hand sanitizer warnings on certain hand sanitizers?" and "what is the list of recalled hand sanitizers so I know what to stay away from?" It's understandable why there is such buzz around this, especially as millions of people and businesses flock to buy proper hand and surface sanitizers for their homes and businesses during Covid-19. 

Why There Are FDA Hand Sanitizer Warnings?

Of the hand sanitizer for sale online and in stores, there are some brands that the FDA has flagged as "unsafe," so it is important to know what to look for when purchasing, as it can adversely affect the health of those using it. The culprit of all this fuss is a chemical called methanol, a substance that has been shown to be extremely unhealthy to humans when absorbed through the skin. Of the major hand sanitizers on the shelves, the FDA has recently identified 100 brands that you should steer-clear from due to their high presence of methanol, also known as wood alcohol, in their ingredients. 

The FDA is fully justified to flag such brands as methanol exposure can lead to health problems such as blindness and seizures. Digesting this "wood alcohol" can also be fatal, as there have been a few cases of children who have died after getting ahold of such hand sanitizer.

What is the List of Recalled Hand Sanitizer?

The list of these methanol-contaminated hand sanitizers can be found HERE on the FDA's website and includes:

  • 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)

The FDA has also stated that you should look for hand sanitizer brands that have at least 60% ethanol, the active ingredient in healthy hand sanitizers. The label below shows Big Water Blue's drug facts, where we proudly boast our hand and surface sanitizer that contains 70% ethanol, which is 10% above what the FDA suggests. 

Our homemade hand sanitizer is carefully monitored and FDA approved to make sure that you, your family, employees, etc. have access to American-made, high-quality hand sanitizer at prices you can afford. The last thing anybody deserves is to inadvertently expose themselves, or their loved ones, to toxic hand sanitizer during a pandemic that could compromise their health and immune system. In a time where we need to be as healthy as possible, Big Water Blue is happy to say that we are supplying friends, families and businesses around the United States with the best, methanol-free hand sanitizer on the market!