The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of hand hygiene, with disinfectants and hand sanitizers flying off the shelves. However, few people go through the ingredients list before purchasing these products.
This article will discuss which ingredients to avoid in hand sanitizers and disinfectants. We’ll also cover how to pick the most effective germ-eliminating product.
Keep reading to learn more.
Steer Clear of Methanol
Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is a highly toxic substance. Although some manufacturers still use methanol in their sanitizing products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers against purchasing them. Methanol may lead to poisoning when ingested, and the most common symptoms include dizziness, acute mania, headaches, and amnesia.
Moreover, some products lack sufficient amounts of ethyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol, two essential active ingredients found in sanitizers and disinfectants.
Since the body can absorb methanol through the skin, consumers should remain vigilant and inspect the sanitizing products in their homes. If the ingredients list mentions methanol, it’s best to throw away the product and switch to an FDA-approved alternative.
Ignore Advertising and Packaging
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) has inspected the claims manufacturers put out about their products, finding that most statements have been exaggerated. For example, products that claim to eliminate viruses in under 20 seconds will be ineffective since most disinfectants require approximately 10 minutes to combat germs.
Ignore the advertising and check whether the disinfectant is EPA-certified to find the most effective product. The certification number is typically found beside the manufacturer information on the back of the label.
Use Only Certified Products
If you’re unsure whether your hand sanitizer or disinfectant contains harmful ingredients, go to the FDA website to find more information. You can also contact your medical provider to see which products they recommend as the most effective.