Frequently Asked Questions

What is ethanol (also called ethyl-alcohol)?

Ethanol – also called alcohol, ethyl alcohol, and grain alcohol – is a clear, colorless liquid that is the main ingredient in alcoholic beverages like beer, wine or brandy. Because it can readily dissolve in water and other organic compounds, ethanol is also an ingredient in a range of everyday products from disinfectants and cosmetics to paints and varnishes to eco-friendly biofuel used to power your vehicle.

What is the most effective antiseptic used for hand hygiene?

Alcohol at 60-80% is the fastest-acting approved disinfectant and effectively kills the widest range of bacteria, fungi and viruses in comparison to the other leading antiseptics. The 60-80% range is the most effective; anything higher is less potent due to the absence of water, making proteins less easily denatured. A minimum of 60% alcohol in hand hygiene products is recommended by the CDC to kill COVID-19, which is why POET’s liquid sanitizer contains an 80% ethanol concentration.

Why do some of the new sanitizers on the market smell so bad, and what sets POET Hand Sanitizer apart from the rest?

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of hand sanitizers used purified ethanol as their key ingredient. But when the pandemic caused a massive sanitizer shortage, the FDA issued a waiver allowing any standard ethanol to be sold into the sanitizer market, so long as it was blended in a WHO formula containing only four ingredients: ethanol or ethyl-alcohol (active), hydrogen peroxide, glycerin and purified water.

Most ethanol is used for biofuel, which is the purest and most environmentally friendly liquid fuel available. Producing alcohol (or ethanol) also produces fusel oils and aldehydes that – although they burn clean and enhance engine performance – can cause personal care products like sanitizer to smell strongly like alcohol if not further purified and removed.

When POET made the choice to begin sanitizer production in order to help alleviate the worldwide need, we pledged to do so only if we could meet the quality standards set for purified ethanol prior to the pandemic – and we did. Our plant-based ethanol hand sanitizer meets United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards. Every batch is twice-distilled to remove those smelly impurities, producing one of the purest, safest, and best-smelling liquid sanitizer products available, without having to add fragrance.

How safe is POET Hand Sanitizer?

Our liquid sanitizer product has been tested by third party toxicologists and toxicologists for several leading hospitals. All concur that POET Sanitizer is as safe or safer than any other sanitizers on the market.

What form of sanitizer is best: gel, foam, or liquid?

It does not necessarily matter what form your sanitizer comes in; what’s important is how the active ingredient (which, in most cases, is 60-80% alcohol) is produced and purified. The alcohol purification process determines the purity, smell, and specification of the final sanitizer product. POET recommends that consumers find out where and how the active ingredient was produced; if the alcohol is effectively purified, sanitizer in any form will be pure and sufficient.

POET is one of the only hand sanitizer producers in the world that uses 100% of our own purified ethanol to make our product. For this reason we are able to be completely transparent about our supply chain, and customers can be assured that our sanitizer is of the highest quality.