Good Question: What hand sanitizer should you use?

Brennan Somers
Created: July 16, 2020 04:53 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Today's Good Question is about hand sanitizers.

A viewer named Rene' asked News10NBC’s Brennan Somers: I've noticed that the experts are saying the hand sanitizer that kills COVID-19 should be 70% alcohol. Lately in the stores all I'm seeing is hand sanitizer that is 60% or 62% alcohol. If it should be 70%, isn't it a bit misleading to sell less than that without making it clear to the buyer that it isn't the strength needed to kill the COVID virus? Or does the lesser strength work just as well? What's the story?


Depending on what you're listening to or where you're looking, you will find a range of recommendations for the best sanitizer specifically for COVID. It can be anywhere up to 95% alcohol.

For starters, federal health experts say good old hand washing is best at stopping the spread of infections.

When you are shopping for sanitizer, the higher the better, but at bare minimum use something that contains at least 60% alcohol.

One other thing to keep in mind, the FDA keeps expanding its list of hand sanitizers to avoid because they may contain a toxic chemical called Methanol. It can be dangerous when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

You can read more about those products here.

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