Your skin is your body’s largest organ and can absorb toxic elements found in lotions, liquids and ambient vapours in the air. Over 100 hand sanitizer product recalls have been issued in Canada since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Recalls are often issued for poor quality sanitizers if “industrial or technical” grade ingredients being used – these may contain toxic-to-human compounds like methanol, ethyl acetate, and worse. Symptoms can include rashes, headaches, and airway irritation – and even hospitalization.

Good quality ingredients cost a bit more, but the saying “you get what you pay for” holds true here. If you wouldn’t drink toxins, don’t put them on your skin.

Never eat or drink hand sanitizers as ingesting even small amounts can be dangerous or fatal.

The importance of healthy hand sanitizers