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Pesach FAQs

Hand Sanitizer – Alcohol

Q. Do alcohol-based sanitizers require Pesach certification?

A. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers such as Purell, typically contain at least 62% ethyl alcohol, which may possibly be chametz. However, Rav Gedalia Dov Schwartz zt”l checked a sample of hand sanitizers and said that they are as inedible as other liquid soaps and may, therefore, be used on Pesach, regardless of the source of alcohol.  [An additional factor to consider is that the alcohol used in the hand sanitizers is denatured.]