Ethanol + Sanitizer Testing

Ensure ethanol and hand sanitizer quality and safety with our specialized lab services. From purity testing to compliance verification, rely on us for accurate analysis to meet regulations and exceed expectations.

Ensure the safety and efficacy of your ethanol-based hand sanitizers with our specialized testing services. Prairie Tide, a Canadian leader in ethanol & sanitizers, offers comprehensive assessments to verify ethanol content and potency, ensuring compliance with regulatory standards. From microbial analysis to potency testing, our state-of-the-art laboratory guarantees the quality of your hand sanitizer formulations. Partner with us to uphold the highest standards of hygiene and protection for your consumers.

Our Testing for Ethanol + Sanitizer Includes:


Ethanol is the main active ingredient in hand sanitizers and is responsible for its antimicrobial properties. Testing is done to determine the concentration of ethanol present in the sanitizer. This analysis ensures that the sanitizer meets the required alcohol content, typically ranging from 60% to 95% ethanol.


Hand sanitizers should not contain any harmful impurities or contaminants that could be detrimental to human health. Testing is conducted to detect and quantify impurities such as methanol, which can be toxic if ingested or absorbed through the skin. Other impurities, such as acetaldehyde, acrolein, and benzene, may also be analyzed to ensure compliance with safety standards.


Hand sanitizers need to remain stable and effective throughout their shelf life. Stability testing involves evaluating the physical, chemical, and microbiological properties of the sanitizer over time. This testing helps determine the expiration date and storage conditions to maintain the efficacy of the product.


Hand sanitizers must comply with regulatory requirements for labeling and claims. Testing is done to verify the accuracy of the product labeling. This testing helps ensure that the product is accurately represented to consumers. It is important to note that the specific testing requirements may vary depending on regional regulations and standards.

Common Impurities In Hand Sanitizers:

Methanol: Methanol is a toxic alcohol that can be harmful if ingested or absorbed through the skin. It is not an approved ingredient in hand sanitizers, and its presence as an impurity is a significant concern. Methanol testing is essential to ensure that hand sanitizers do not contain dangerous levels of this substance.

Acetaldehyde: Acetaldehyde is a volatile organic compound that can be formed during the production of ethanol. It is considered a potential carcinogen and is regulated in hand sanitizers. Testing for acetaldehyde helps ensure that its concentration is within acceptable limits.

Benzene: Benzene is a known carcinogen and should not be present in hand sanitizers. It can be a contaminant that arises from various sources, including raw materials or manufacturing processes. Testing for benzene is important to ensure that hand sanitizers are free from this hazardous substance.

Other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): Hand sanitizers may undergo testing for other VOCs, such as toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene. These compounds can have adverse health effects and should be kept at low levels or eliminated from the product. It is worth noting that the specific impurities tested for may vary depending on regional regulations and standards.

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