Ever since the COVID crisis has struck the globe, you may have witnessed several DIY alternatives to commercial sanitizers popping up on the internet. This is especially due to scarcity of sanitizers due to the extremely high demand. And most of these DIY solutions have one thing in common - the necessity of high alcohol content for sterilization.
Popular publications like Probulica, claim “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 industry standards, there is at least 70% alcohol in many fragrances, making Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne the best bet in the hardest of times. Several industry sources claim that commercial perfumes are safe and can be as effective as hand sanitizers simply because it has the required high alcohol content. You don’t need a lot of it, just a spritz or two on each hand. So, this means now we can stay safe and smell great while we are at it!
An article on Wikipedia on Eau de Colognes states that they have about 3–5% perfume oil mixed with 80–90% alcohol, the highest amount of alcohol used in perfumery.
Here’s a little fun fact: The first ever Eau de Cologne was concocted by Italian Jean-Maria Farina, and was named so as a tribute to his birthplace, Cologne (Germany). And since popularity of Colognes has only increased.
But as we all know, one of the most effective ways to combat the corona virus is the dependable combination of soap and water. Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds.
Strict Disclaimer: Lyla Blanc does not endorse eau de cologne or fragrances as a final solution to put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please take necessary care & precaution as advised by authentic medical associations.