Scrutinizing Your Hand Sanitizer

(Disclaimer: I am not an expert in public health or any other field of science.  This blog post is intended to share two links to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, warning consumers of toxic, ineffective or contaminated hand sanitizer.)  Many of us felt hopeful when the hand sanitizer shortage eased awhile back.  Although the Purell brand was still difficult to find, there were obscure brands that we were eager to buy and use, regardless of how unattractive some of them seemed.  The availability of these products lessened some people’s COVID-19 anxiety, but we were warned that our routines … Continue reading Scrutinizing Your Hand Sanitizer

FDA Acts On Soap Chemicals

A link to an NPR story appears below.  It says manufacturers will continue to market antibacterial products, but with different chemicals to replace the ones the FDA is banning.  Whether those chemicals are any safer is in question, and the FDA has announced a schedule for follow-up. The general public’s preference for antibacterial soaps and household cleaners has an ignorant angle to it, but for some people it’s also a compulsion.  When the impulse to oversanitize your skin or your home is stronger than the concern that you may be creating a new strain of antibiotic-resistant infection, you’ll probably act … Continue reading FDA Acts On Soap Chemicals