Jennifer Amanda Wilcox was pulled over by police in Middle Town, Connecticut after she was spotted driving erratically and spinning her car.
One of the officers thought that he could smell alcohol on her breath, and she subsequently failed a breathalyser.
She told the officers that she had downed the hand wash before heading out of the door that morning, reports NBC.
Police have charged her with driving while intoxicated and she is due in court next week.
There have been previous cases of teenagers needing hospital treatment after drinking hand sanitiser in the US. In April, six teens were admitted into hospital after being poisoned by drinking it.
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