Are you an institution or facility now wondering how to handle proper hand sanitizer disposal? At the beginning of the pandemic, hand sanitizer was suddenly difficult to find. However, as soon as it became available again and knowing how important of a tool hand sanitizer is during a pandemic, many facilities and institutions bought large amounts. But did you know that the shelf life of hand sanitizer is about two to three years? So, if you purchased in bulk at the beginning of the pandemic, you might find yourself with hand sanitizer that either is or is about to expire. Or you may now have more hand sanitizer than you will ever need.
So, what can you do with expired or unneeded hand sanitizer?
Most importantly, hand sanitizer cannot be thrown out in the trash or poured down the drain. Not only is this illegal, possibly resulting in fines, but it is also dangerous. Because the main ingredient in hand sanitizer is alcohol, a highly flammable material, placing it in the trash or down the drain could result in an explosion.
We created a guide on hand sanitizer disposal. This guide addresses questions about the expiration date, recycling hand sanitizer, and safe hand sanitizer disposal.