I was using ethanol hand sanitizer long, long before the CV situation. It's:
- A degreaser, for anything oily
- A personal cleanup aid when camping (stings, but effective!)
- A first cleanup pass cleanup of thrift shop and take-it-or-leave-it items
- A waterless cleaner in below freezing temperatures (like when you spill a little gas on your hands while fuelling the snowblower -- slather immediately with hand sanitizer and then scrub with snow, ... ow, ow, ow, and cursing, but your hands won't stink like gas when you go inside
And now , in our post-CV hangover, there's a ton of this stuff available for free. Nobody knows what to do with it.
I think it would make a dandy firestarter. Or weed killer? Dunno.
Most formulations have added components designed to reduce the harsh effects on skin -- because repeated alcohol treatements will rip your hide right off. The concentrations vary. But these are all water soluble compounds that can be rinsed off.
Very basic, but I use it to start fires.
Years ago I was a germaphobe and I carried my own spray bottle of alcohol.
Later, as a service plumber I almost bathed in it between jobs.
I still prefer alcohol as a sanitizer inside the fridge and on electronics.