Why does using rubbing alcohol on your hands create condensation clouds in the cold?


Why does using rubbing alcohol on your hands, when it’s cold out, create condensation clouds, the same as when you breathe in cold conditions?

This is something I’ve noticed during the pandemic. Sometimes instead of hand sanitizer I’ll use rubbing alcohol in a little spray bottle to disinfect my hands. As I rub them together, or smack them, it will give off clouds of condensation, similar to my breath. This only happens when it’s cold out, obviously. I’m not sure exactly what temperature it starts happening at. But, it does seem to take a bit colder conditions compared to breathing to be noticeable. I definitely notice it at -20C to -30C.

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