Do not use the following nine hand sanitizers as they may contain high levels of methanol and are considered toxic by the Food and Drug Administration.

The ongoing pandemic has caused a demand in the supply of hand sanitizer, but buyer beware because some of these products may be toxic.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning people to not use certain hand sanitizers that are manufactured in Mexico because they may contain high levels of methanol (wood alcohol), and they could potentially be toxic when absorbed through the skin or digested by both adults and children. The FDA instead recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol to kill most viruses including the novel coronavirus.

According to the FDA website – these are the nine hand sanitizers identified:

Methanol poisoning symptoms can include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Permanent blindness
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Permanent damage to the nervous system
  • Death

How to properly dispose of these hazardous and toxic hand sanitizers:

  • The FDA advises not dumping the product down any drains but instead placing them in hazardous waste containers before disposing of them.

For more information visit fda.gov/home.