eau de cologne as hand sanitizer substitute

There have been many DYI alternatives to commercial sanitizers floating around the internet, since they are becoming scarce and sold out. Some of them are marketing ploys and are not effective as quite a few do not contain alcohol, which is essential for efficacy.  According to publications such as Probulica,  “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends rubbing on hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol when you aren’t able to wash your hands”According to Consumer Reports the number is 70 %.  Did you know that many of your favorite fragrances may do more than just help you to smell good?  According to industry standards, there is at least 70 percent alcohol in many fragrances, such as Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne.  According to many industry sources, commercial perfumes are safe and as effective to use as hand sanitizers, and have high alcohol content. You don’t need a lot of it, just a spritz or two on each hand.

percentage of alcohol in fragrances
Eau de Toilettes and Eau de Colognes have high alcohol content

According to Wikipedia “Eau de Colognes have about 3–5% perfume oil mixed with 80–90% alcohol, the highest amount of alcohol used in perfumery.

From the first Eau de Cologne created by Italian Jean-Maria Farina as a tribute to his birthplace in Cologne Germany, Colognes have been popular through the ages. 4711 by Muelhens Cologne dates back to the 18th century when Johann Maria Farina (1685-1766) relocated from Italy to Cologne where he began to manufacture and sell an “eau de cologne” and is still popular today.

wash hands with soap and water to protect from Corona Virus
Washing of hands with soap under running water

As you have read, one of the most effective ways to combat the corona virus is vigorously washing your hands with soap and water.  The original 4711 is also available as soap.

 Stay Safe and Smell Great

Disclaimer: Perfume.com is not endorsing eau de cologne or fragrance as a solution to stopping the spread of the corona virus.