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If You Bought Any of These Toxic Hand Sanitizers, Stop Using Them Immediately

An usher squirts hand sanitizer onto a worshiper's hands as they enter for a Sunday mass at St. Agnes Church in Paterson, N.J., Sunday, June 14, 2020. New Jersey eased its restrictions on gatherings this week as the state begins to lift measures meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Phil Murphy also said that outdoor demonstrations protected by the First Amendment, including religious services and protests stemming from George Floyd's death, can be held, regardless of the number of attendees. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Don’t let this scare you away from using hand sanitizer, because it’s an important tool for fighting the virus. But the FDA put out a warning this weekend about nine different brands that could actually CAUSE health issues.

I hesitated to use that headline because I did not want to sound like an alarmist or make it sound click-baity, so I looked into it. Indeed, the FDA indeed has a very strong statement against this group of hand sanitizers.

They’re all made by a Mexican company called Eskbiochem. And they contain something called methanol – or wood alcohol – that’s extremely toxic.

It can absorb through your skin and cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, seizures, nerve damage, permanent blindness, and even kill you.

So if you’ve been using any of these brands, STOP immediately and see a doctor.

Here are the brand names you need to worry about . . .

1. Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer.

2. All-Clean Hand Sanitizer.

3. The Good Gel Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer.

4. Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer

5. Four different types of a brand called CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer.

6. And Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer. That one was especially toxic. The FDA tested a bottle, and it was 81% methanol.

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. If soap and water are not readily available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol.

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