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Data available:
 
Limited
Data last updated:
October 2012

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Purell Hand Sanitizer

EWG scientists reviewed Purell Hand Sanitizer for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Purell Hand Sanitizer is 5.
Ingredient Concerns:
Overall Hazard
 
 
Cancer
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 
Use restrictions
 
 

Ingredient Concerns

Ingredient Concerns Score
FRAGRANCEEcotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Miscellaneous, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
TOCOPHERYL ACETATECancer, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
Data: Fair
AMINOMETHYL PROPANOLEcotoxicology, Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES-in the presence of nitrosating agents, OXAZOLIDINE), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions
Data: Limited
FD&C BLUE 1
BLUE 1 (CI 42090)
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Use restrictions
Data: Limited
PROPYLENE GLYCOLEnhanced skin absorption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
ETHANOL
ETHYL ALCOHOL
(Active Ingredient)
Enhanced skin absorption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
ISOPROPYL ALCOHOLDevelopmental/reproductive toxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
FD&C YELLOW 5 ALUMINUM LAKE
YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140)
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: None
ISOPROPYL MYRISTATEIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Fair
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) JUICE
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA LEAF) JUICE
Data gaps, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Use restrictions
Data: Limited
GLYCERINNone Identified
Data: Fair
DIISOPROPYL SEBACATE
DIISPROPYL SEBACATE
None Identified
Data: Limited
CARBOMERNone Identified
Data: Fair
WATERInnocuous
Data: Robust


About the ratings

EWG provides information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings below indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product - not the product itself - compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any. Learn more | Legal Disclaimer