A Distillery Started Making Hand Sanitizer and Giving It Away
As we all get through this outbreak together, you’ll see a lot of inspiring stories about people helping people. Here’s a good one we saw this week . . .
A distillery in Portland, Oregon called Shine Distillery has been using a byproduct from the distilling process to make HAND SANITIZER. And they’re giving it away for FREE.
The first thing that comes out isn’t meant for drinking. But the alcohol content is really high. So even before this, they were using it as a cleaning product to wipe stuff down.
The owner is a guy named Jon Poteet. A customer he was talking to last week brought it up. So he looked into it and decided it was a good idea.
They can’t sell it, because it hasn’t been approved by the authorities who deal with this stuff. But they don’t WANT to sell it. And it turns out they can give it away for free as long as they don’t make any medical claims about how effective it is.
It’s a mix of 80% alcohol with a little bit of water, plus xanthan gum to thicken it. So it’s well above the CDC’s recommended 60% minimum to kill the virus.
It’s not clear how long it’ll be before they run out if they haven’t already. But they’re doing what they can to help. Jon says that, quote, “Ultimately, I’m part of the community. I want my friends and neighbors to be happy and healthy.”
(Someone posted photos of the bottles on Twitter.)
Shine Distillery in N. Portland is now bottling hand sanitizer to give to customers. The owner said they already used the concoction to clean around the place anyway! It’s made from a byproduct of the alcohol they bottle. 80% alcohol, xanthan gum, and a little water. pic.twitter.com/OnGuBIs0WM
— Audrey Weil (@audreytweil) March 10, 2020