As hand sanitizer supplies decrease nationwide, an unlikely ally has emerged in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 cases: craft distilleries.
In response to the coronavirus, the global pandemic impacting the U.S. and parts of the world, Solar Spirits Distillery in Richland, WA., has distilled a special high proof vodka that can be used as a hand gel. And they’re offering kits for people to make their own amid self-quarantine and social distancing practices.
“Keeping our hands clean is a key factor in the national fight against the spread of the coronavirus,” said Dr. Jim Batdorf, Head Distiller at Solar Spirits. “With our background in science and engineering we wanted to do our part in the fight against the epidemic and ensure people have access to products to help keep themselves healthy.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says washing with soap and water is the best way to keep germs at bay, but if that’s not an option, using an alcohol-based sanitizing gel with at least 60% alcohol is the next best thing.
“We hope by distilling these vodka hand gel kits, people will be able to get access to the supplies they need so together we can help tackle this pandemic,” said Batdorf.
The innovation couldn’t come at a better time as Purell sanitizers and other hand gels become harder to find during the coronavirus pandemic.
Alcohol-based sanitizing gel has become one of the most in-demand items as coronavirus fears have sparked panic buying, leaving store shelves empty and consumers frantic.
The Richland-based distillery is selling 750ml bottles of premixed vodka hand gel for $20. Each bottle is made to World Health Organization guidelines and is made with a specially distilled high proof vodka (95% abv/190 proof), glycerin and hydrogen peroxide.
The bottles of hand sanitizer are available at solarspirits.com/shop while supplies last.
Alternatively, all of Solar Spirits’ award-winning products are available for 20% off retail price. The distillery is also giving away free 80ml bottles of Solar Spirits Vodka Hand Gel for curbside pickup, while stocks last.
“We’re happy to do whatever we can to keep everyone healthy and in good spirits,” said Batdorf. “And we look forward to getting back to what we do best.”