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What are the ingredients in a hand sanitizer?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control recommend ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol or a combination of both in concentrations ranging from 60 to 95 percent. Alcohol is an antimicrobial that kills bacteria. Benzalkonium chloride is another FDA-approved active ingredient in some hand sanitzers.
Is hand sanitizer toxic if ingested?
So鈥s hand sanitizer toxic if ingested? The answer is yes, but it will not kill you. If ingested by a person with a small frame, the high alcohol content can lead to alcohol poisoning. This is especially true in children, and that is why it is suggested to invest in a non alcohol-based sanitizer for them, or simply use soap and water.
What is the percentage of alcohol in hand sanitizer?
However, if soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol is recommended. The active ingredient in hand sanitizer is usually an alcohol.
Where can I find information about hand sanitizer?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Recommendations for hand sanitizer use. Food and Drug Administration: Hand sanitizers may be a good alternative if soap and water are not available. Georgia Poison Control Center: Information on alcohol poisoning from drinking hand sanitizer.