Is Your Hand Sanitizer on FDA’s Do-Not-Use List?

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

Updated FDA Do-Not-Use List


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