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Your hand sanitiser isn’t as safe as you think

April 13 , 2019

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The hand sanitizer we use so often may be filled with harmful chemicals. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned on Thursday 28 active ingredients used in hand sanitiser.

The company had called out toxic ingredients like triclosan and benzethonium chloride, Well+Good reported.

The change will however, only affect 3% of the market in the US as most sanitizers use ethyl alcohol in the antiseptic. The FDA is still researching whether ethyl alcohol, benzalkonium chloride and isopropyl alcohol are safe ingredients.

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 “Our action today aims to help provide consumers with confidence that the over-the-counter hand sanitizers they’re using are safe and effective when they don’t have access to water to wash with soap,” FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research MD Janet Woodcock said in a press release.

The safety of the antiseptic gel was questioned earlier by the FDA in 2016 as well. Consumers should always check the ingredients used in their sanitizer bottle before purchasing it.

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2 Comments

  1. Bob   April 14, 2019 9:23 pm/ Reply

    Why dont they label it right….
    Look it up 60% it’s 120 proof
    Alcohol…??????
    70% on most bottle 140 proof
    Alcohol….WOW …
    WHY DONT YOU POOR A BOTTLE
    OF WHISKEY ON YOUR HANDS?
    80 TO 100 PROOF???????
    Bad for pregnancy
    Bad for children
    Bad for pre schools….
    Bad smell!!!!
    Doesn’t work that long on your
    Hands..false protection…..
    Bad for your hands
    Makes them rough and red…leading to skin problems…
    Takes away good BACTERIA….
    YOU BE FIGHTING BIG COMPANYS TO TAKE OF MARKET……..

  2. Eunice   April 15, 2019 9:22 pm/ Reply

    Hand sanitizer as well as Clorox wipes and Lysol sprays are harmful chemicals that triggers my ability to breathe. Personally as well as stated in their bottles as a warning they are harmful to humans and domestic animals.


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