Well, here's a novel idea.  Let's make hand sanitizer and use that.  That way we don't have to worry about it not being in the stores.


There is a distillery in Portland that is making some using a by-product of the process.  Here is how it works:

Basically, when they distill the alcohol, the first part that comes out isn’t meant to drink, so they make a cleaner out of it. “I had a lady sitting at the bar the other night and she asked if she could have some and I wasn’t sure, so over the weekend, we did our research and checked with the controlling authorities and come to find, as long as we’re not making a medical claim or selling it, we’re allowed to give it away,” owner Jon Poteet said.

Now with 80 percent alcohol (above the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation of at least 60 percent), xanthan gum to thicken the mix, and a little bit of water, they’re making hand sanitizer for customers.

Great idea.  We have plenty of breweries and distilleries around here... why not use one or all of them.  Sounds like it's just an extra thing that can make the hand sanitizer, and it's stuff they would normally just rid of... great repurposing.

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