Can fabric disinfectant be used to sanitize your hands?

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Refrain from using fabric disinfectant to sanitize your hands

Kao Corporation and Procter & Gamble Japan are two major consumer goods makers that sell fabric disinfectant in Japan. Both companies say consumers should refrain from using fabric disinfectant to sanitize their hands and fingers.

Kao says such products are designed for fabrics and are not suited for use on human skin. Similarly, P&G Japan says fabric disinfectant is produced to deodorize and sanitize household fabrics, and is not made for use on human hands. The company adds that consumers should avoid using these products on hard surfaces, such as door knobs and desks, and spraying them into the air.

The information is accurate as of July 10, 2020.