Fake hand sanitizer dangerous, how to recognize right sanitizer

Health Desk
27 July 2020, Mon
Published: 12:59

Fake hand sanitizer dangerous, how to recognize right sanitizer

The FDA is warning about dangerous counterfeit hand sanitizers. And there is a way you can tell if you have one of the bottles that is wrongly labeled. 

When it comes to keeping our hands clean on the go during this pandemic, we’ve been told hand sanitizer with 70 percent alcohol does the job. But now there is a new warning. Health experts have repeatedly suggested washing hands with soap and water to prevent coronavirus.

However, soap, water is not always available near hand. Alcoholic hand sanitizer is a successful alternative. However, some dishonest people have taken advantage of it and making fake hand sanitizers. Which cannot prevent viruses, but harms our health. So, let’s know how to recognize a fake hand sanitizer -

Tissue paper test 
Take a tissue paper and place it on a flat surface. Then draw a circle in the middle with a pen. Pour a few drops of hand sanitizer into that circle. If the ink on the pen starts to fade and spread, it means your hand sanitizer is fake. However, if the circle remains as it is and the paper dries quickly, then the sanitizer is real.   

Flour test 
You can also test hand sanitizer using flour. Take some flour in a bowl and put some hand sanitizer in it. Then knead the flour well. If you can easily make lump with flour and sanitizer, then that hand sanitizer is fake.

Hairdryer test 
Take a hairdryer and a small bowl to do this test. Pour a few drops of hand sanitizer into a bowl. Now take a hairdryer and try to dry the sanitizer. If the sanitizer is genuine, it should not take more than five seconds to dry. And if the sanitizer doesn't dry out, realize it's not real.