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Is hydrogen peroxide halal to use in hand sanitizers?


We have been recently provided some hydrogen peroxide solution to disinfect ourselves at work, but I am not familiar with it as I’m using using isopropyl in the past due to it’s evaporating properties. Is this halal to use for disinfecting purposes? If yes, would it be necessary to “tah’her” ourselves afterwards?



Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query

Hydrogen peroxide may be used for the sterilization of various surfaces, including surgical tools, and may be deployed as a vapour (VHP) for room sterilization. H2O2 demonstrates broad-spectrum efficacy against viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and bacterial spores.

The isopropyl is used in the manufacture of a wide variety of industrial and household chemicals and is a common ingredient in chemicals such as antiseptics, disinfectants, and detergents.

As far as hydrogen peroxide isn’t the najis agent, therefore there is no problem in using it as disinfectant. Hydrogen peroxide is also used for several different purposes as well.

Some similar rulings regarding alcohol present in perfume or medications according to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany:

Question: Is it permissible to consume medication that contain alcohol for ones treatment?

Answer: It is permissible to consume if the amount is very minute, e.g. 2%

If the amount of alcohol is more than 2%, then one may dilute the medication with water, so that the amount of alcohol becomes very minute, e.g. 2% or less and then consume it.

Question: What is the ruling about using perfume containing alcohol?

Answer: There is no problem in it.

Haidar Naqavi.