FDA's list of banned hand sanitizers now grows to 203. Find out if your product is on the list.
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol).
The FDA regulates hand sanitizer as an over-the-counter drug, available without a prescription. The agency test hand sanitizers for quality and they discovered serious safety concerns with some hand sanitizers during recent testing, including:
- Contamination with potentially toxic types of alcohol
- Not enough active ingredient (ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol)
- Labels with false, misleading, or unproven claims
Check the FDA’s Sanitizer Do-Not-Use List Here
Check out common questions and answers about hand sanitizers.