You know how you go to a flashy bar and the bartender pours a "flaming" shot? The reason the shots flame up is because alcohol is flammable. What is hand sanitizer made of? Alcohol. Fire authorities warn about keeping hand sanitizer in a hot car. If you have a bottle of hand sanitizer in a hot car, it's possible that the sun will cause magnification of light through the clear bottle and catch on fire. Here's a video for a more scientific explanation.