UTICA, N.Y. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against using certain hand sanitizers that contain chemicals that could be considered toxic, including methanol, or wood alcohol.
Methanol can be toxic if it's absorbed through the skin, according to the FDA.
Jamie Tuttle, of the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, says there is a proper way to dispose of hand sanitizers with toxic ingredients.
"It’s something that we do not want you dumping down the drain. It is something we will take at our household hazardous waste facility but it is ok to place in your regular garbage, not in the recycling bin under any circumstances,” she said.
As of July 2, there are 55 hand sanitizers that contain methanol, or have otherwise been recalled by the FDA. To view the full list, click here.