• Sherry Verostko-Slazak and Marlene Rogers

Beware the Methanol in Your Hand Sanitizer


FDA urges consumers not to use certain hand sanitizer products

The FDA continues to find issues with certain hand sanitizer products and urges consumers not to use products with concerningly low levels (less than 60%) of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol and/or that are contaminated with methanol. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. (Click here to review FDA updates)


The chart at the end of this article outlines the information on hand sanitizer labels for consumers to use to identify a product that: 

  • Has been tested by the FDA and found to contain methanol.

  • Is labeled to contain methanol.

  • Has been tested and is found to have microbial contamination.

  • Is being recalled by the manufacturer or distributor.

  • Is subpotent, meaning it has less than the required amount of ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or benzalkonium chloride.

  • Is purportedly made at the same facility as products that have been tested by FDA and found to contain methanol.

Bottom line?

Soap and water are still you BFFs. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Click here for a handwashing refresher.


However, if you are looking for a natural sanitizer you can trust, we have a limited inventory of dōTERRA On Guard® Sanitizing Mist for purchase. doTERRA On Guard Sanitizing Mist purifies hands by eliminating 99.9 percent of bacteria and other germs on the skin through an extremely fine, quick-drying mist. Infused with a natural apple extract, the moisturizing formula will not dry out the skin and leaves hands feeling soft and smooth. doTERRA On Guard blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary CPTG® essential oils provides an uplifting citrus spice aroma and its protective benefits. The naturally derived active ingredient, ethyl alcohol, gives the mist antiseptic properties to effectively cleanse hands and prevent the spread of bacteria. Sanitizing hands with the convenient mist is perfect for traveling, school, work, and on-the-go families. Contact our office for availability.


PS- Wearing a mask is essential. How effective is yours?


Wishing you health and wellness.

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