I have often said that Americans are more likely to die from overuse of cleaning products than from a contagious disease. America has sanitary standards like no other country, vaccines aplenty and few rampaging diseases like malaria. Many cleaning products, on the other hand, contain chemicals that can be dangerous when inhaled or absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin one too many times.
Since Covid-19 has immigrated to this country, it has become essential to stay on top of our hygiene like never before. That said, many cleaning products still have unhealthy chemicals in them, so what are we to do?
BEST PRACTICE FOR KEEPING HANDS GERM-FREE
It is best, when possible, to use hot water and good-old-fashioned soap for at least 20 seconds when washing. When hot water and soap are not available, go ahead and use a hand sanitizer before touching your face, especially after going to the bathroom or grocery store, before eating and after coughing, sneezing or blowing one’s nose. Just be careful. Read labels carefully on products you use regularly to avoid creating non-Coronavirus ailments long-term.
HAND SANITIZERS TO AVOID
On June 30, 2020, AARP published a post, “FDA Announces Voluntary Recall on Some Hand Sanitizers.” In the article they list the following nine products you should not buy:
- All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
- Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
- Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
- The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
- Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)
These products tend to use excessively high levels of methanol. While it should be noted that the FDA is not aware of any consumers being harmed by these hand sanitizers to date, the FDA does note that “substantial methanol exposure” can result in “permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.”
HEALTHIER HAND SANITIZERS AND CLEANING PRODUCTS
If you’re looking for healthier versions of hand sanitizers, with at least 60% alcohol content (as prescribed by the CDC), here’s a list that scored well on EWG’s Skin DeepU.
And here’s the EWG’s rankings for all-purpose cleaners.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. They produce research, education and consumer buying guides for numerous chemically-based products.
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