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Why aren’t hand sanitizers listed on List N?

List N only includes EPA-registered surface disinfectants. Hand sanitizers, antiseptic washes and antibacterial soaps are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). EPA-registered surface disinfectants, including surface wipes, should not be applied on your skin or ingested. More information is available on the FDA website.

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