It's ironic that in these sobering times, the folks who make stuff to get you drunk are pitching in. A range of companies from LVMH to small-scale distilleries have started producing hand sanitizer, bottling it, and sending it out the door at no cost. As Bloomberg reports,
[Distilleries] are uniquely equipped to make hand sanitizer because the most effective germ-fighting ones are generally made with a base of 60%-plus alcohol, a product that distilleries have in abundance.
Beyond that, basic recipes include aloe vera for moisturizing; distilleries will also add the botanicals or flavorings from their signature spirits as a twist. Portland, Ore.-based Shine Distillery & Grill isn't treating its formula like a trade secret. "I have fielded some calls from Seattle and suggested they contact their local distilleries to tell them what we are doing," says general manager Ryan Ruelos. "Because any distillery can do it."
The one thing they cannot do, though, is sell their sanitizers: Sales of distilled spirits are strictly regulated by the government and could jeopardize business licenses. Instead, distilleries are giving them away to customers who come through their doors. In some cases, such as at Psychopomp Microdistillery in Bristol, England, donations from customers who take the sanitizer are being given to charity.