Mashable: Perfumed Hand Sanitizer is the Worst, so Let’s Stop Using It

At some point last year, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, people began Googling a curious question: Why does hand sanitizer smell bad?

What those poor souls learned was that an initial shortage of ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer gave way to a glut of foul-smelling goo. As brands rushed to meet consumer demand, they reportedly used cheaper ethanol that isn’t purified of contaminants. That shortcut often makes the final product smell terrible.

So naturally, some companies did something arguably worse: they added fragrance.

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