FDA Recall List Now Shows These 69 Toxic Hand Sanitizers That Are Dangerous

It was only four months ago that hand sanitizers became one of the hottest products to fly off the shelves around the world to help stave off the coronavirus. Now, about five dozen different hand sanitizers have been recalled, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Though hand sanitizer is commonly recommended to help keep your hands clean while in public—or even inside your home—so many of them have been discovered to have methanol, which can be toxic if either ingested or infiltrated wrongly through skin.

For people wanting to continuously stay clean, the FDA and CDC recommend that you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds—as needed, or several times a day—and to practice good hygiene. Hand sanitizers are recommended while in public, as long as the product contains at least 60 percent ethanol.

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Signage that reads WE SELL SANITIZER and WE SELL 3M RESPIRATOR N95 MASK due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. March 21, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images

The problem, though, is that so many hand sanitizers are made and bottled in Mexico, and they contain methanol.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said methanol is not an acceptable ingredient in hand sanitizers.

"Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning," the agency announced. "Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death."

The FDA began publishing a small list in June, and it has ballooned over the last 3-4 weeks, with most of the products containing methanol.

As of July 15, 2020, the FDA published a list of 69different sanitizers that were either recalled or recommended to be pulled from shelves. Here is the complete list.

Here are the products:

Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol
Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%
BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
KLAR AND DANVER Instant Hand Sanitizer (labeled with Greenbrier International Inc.)
MODESA Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin E
BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer
BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe
BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer
BLUEMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer
BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear
BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer
BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe
BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol
Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol
Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcohol
Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer
Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus
Hello Kitty by Sanrio Hand Sanitizer
Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)
Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)
Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe
Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and Moisturizers
BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free
BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera
Assured Aloe
bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer
LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 4 oz
LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 oz
QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer
Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced
Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol
Andy's Best
Plus Advanced
Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer
Shine and Clean Hand Sanitizer
Selecto Hand Sanitizer
Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol (labeled with Resource Recovery & Trading LLC)
Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand Rub (labeled with Resource Recovery & Trading LLC)
Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer
Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer
ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing Gel
Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel
Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free
Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer (labeled with Wet Look Janitorial and Gardening Corp.)
Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%
DAESI hand sanitizer

The FDA has advised people to not use certain hand sanitizers that are manufactured in Mexico, saying the sanitizers can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or digested.

Children who use hand sanitizers with methanol and accidentally ingest it are at a risk for methanol poisoning, as are adults who drink the sanitizer as a substitute for alcohol (ethanol).

The agency recommends removing these products by placing them in hazardous waste containers, and to not dump them down a drain. As of its announcement, FDA said there had been no reported cases of injury or poisoning from the sanitizers.

The administration still recommends using good sanitation habits while the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) still remains a threat.

"FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one's nose," its website read.

It also recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

"FDA remains vigilant and will continue to take action when quality issues arise with hand sanitizers," it said. "Additionally, the agency is concerned with false and misleading claims for hand sanitizers, for example that they can provide prolonged protection such as 24-hours against viruses including COVID-19, since there is no evidence to support these claims."