Does Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer Actually Have Enough Alcohol In It To Be Effective?

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People are FREAKING OUT, and starting to believe pure rumor and speculation.

There was recently some question on Social Media as to whether Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer is effective in killing the Coronavirus.

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Some people got hysterical, and were believing rumors that stated Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer was ineffective in killing the virus.


The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention website (the CDC) recommends using an ALCOHOL based sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.

Courtesy of Bath & Body Works

CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.


All it take is a quick search on the Bath & Body Works website, and here is what you find.

The active ingredient in our hand sanitizer formulation is 68% alcohol. Please refer to the product packaging for additional information.

Bath & Body Works
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This is MORE than what the CDC recommends for killing viruses like the COVID-19.

Please don’t buy into the mass hysteria. Fact check what you are seeing. In mosts cases, this only takes a couple minutes, and it could mean the difference in the truth versus fiction.

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  1. The CDC says ethylene/ethyl is effective at 60%. But isopropyl needs to be 70%. Bath & Bodyworks does not state which type of alcohol is in their hand sanitizer. Until you verify which it’s very irresponsible to make such a blanket statement with no sources especially during times like these.

  2. ethyl best at 60%+
    isopropyl best at 70% +

    which is it?

    1. On the packaging of the hand sanitizer it says 68% isopropyl alcohol- so not as effective according to CDC guidelines in killing all germs.

      1. If you peel back the label on the front of the bottle, it lists isopropyl alcohol. Therefore, the percentage should be 70%. This hand sanitizer falls short at 68%.

      2. @Patty, it lists isopropyl as an inactive ingredient meaning the active ingredient must be ethyl (and they even say this on their website.) The active ingredient cannot also be in the inactive ingredient list so it is effective

    2. It’s isopropyl alcohol. So all the bottles of hand sanitizers I purchased from Bath & Body Works early on during the pandemic are not fully effective against covid-19. The company should have been more transparent about that.

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