Perfume and Cologne: A Substitute for Hand Sanitizer?

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With stores running out of hand sanitizer and wipes, DIY alternatives are beginning to pop up on the internet. While experts caution against trying to create your own hand sanitizer, other products can destroy viruses and bacteria. Consumer Reports notes that solutions that include at least 70% alcohol are effective on the coronavirus. Did you know that you can use fragrance as a substitute for hand sanitizer?

Cologne and Perfume as a Substitute for Hand Sanitizer

Mixing your own hand sanitizer can leave you with an ineffective solution. Some options don’t include enough alcohol to kill bacteria or viruses, while others are too strong and can be damaging to your skin. Instead of attempting to mix it yourself, you should know that some commercial fragrances can be just as safe and effective as sanitizers. To find out if your cologne or perfume has enough alcohol content, look at the concentration of your fragrance.

Which Fragrances Can Work as a Substitute for Hand Sanitizer?

Eau de Toilettes and Eau de Colognes generally contain at least 70% alcohol. With these concentrations, a little goes a long way. A spritz or two into each hand should suffice. You can also incorporate some self-care by choosing a scent that relies on calming notes.

Stay Safe and Smell Great

While spraying on perfume and cologne is not a solution to stopping the spread of coronavirus, it can do more than just make you smell good. Of course, the best option, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Still, if you aren’t able to wash your hands and hand sanitizer in your area is scarce or sold out, consider utilizing your fragrance as a substitute.

Disclaimer: FragranceX does not endorse fragrance as a method for preventing or slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

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