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How do you know your hand sanitizer is safe?

Another example of the perils of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Prefense is the better choice.

Stinky Alcohol Hand Sanitizers

For obvious reasons we are not big fans of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.  We always thought they stank, but lately they seem to be even worse than normal.  Click here to read more.


Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers Recalled

Several brands of alcohol-based hand sanitizers are being recalled due to having industrial-grade ethanol.


Will Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Explode In a Hot Car Interior?

There was a story going around the internet, particularly on Facebook, and Car and Driver picked up on it.  Enjoy the read!

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers poison children

7,593 children under the age of 12 have already been poisoned this year (through April) by alcohol-based hand sanitizers.  Why?

Many hand sanitizers come in brightly colored bottles, can be laced with glitter, and smell like food or candy. This type of packaging makes them very tempting to young children. While a child who licks a tiny amount of hand sanitizer off of his or her hands is unlikely to become sick, a child ingesting any more than a taste of hand sanitizer could be at risk for alcohol poisoning.

The amount of alcohol in hand sanitizer ranges from 40% to 95%. Most hand sanitizer products contain over 60% ethyl alcohol, a stronger alcohol concentration than most hard liquors. By comparison, wine and beer contain about 10-15% and 5-10% alcohol, respectively. Even a small amount of alcohol can cause alcohol poisoning in children.  Alcohol poisoning can cause confusion, vomiting and drowsiness, and in severe cases, respiratory arrest and death.

As of April 30, 2020, poison control centers have managed 7,593 exposure cases about hand sanitizer in children 12 years and younger.