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Different types of alcohol within sanitizers

It is worth noting that there are different types of alcohol sanitizers in the market and it is important to know and identify the differences.

Denatured Ethyl alcohol (Denatured Ethanol)

Denatured Ethanol is manufactured by distillery and goes through a fermentation process, very similar to the alcoholic beverages that one drinks.

However, this type of alcohol is not suitable for cleaning electronics but acceptable for other general usage.

Isopropyl alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol is also known as isopropanol, 2-propanol or rubbing alcohol.

IPA is the more common choice for cleaning electronics because it evaporates more rapidly than ethanol and also because it does not leave any traces of oils upon evaporation

Both are suitable for hand sanitizers usage and recommended by WHO and CDC. It is worth noting that both alcohol are dangerous when ingested in volume. Parents with young kids should be aware and careful having sanitizers lying around at home.


Methanol (wood alcohol) is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. There are ongoing investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers in the US market.

Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.

We hope that this article brings you some enlightenment on the types of alcohol sanitizers and make you a better consumer.


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