Hot Springs Distillery Makes Switch From Liquor to Sanitizer

HOT SPRINGS — Crystal Ridge Distillery in Hot Springs has joined the effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic by turning its drinkable alcohol into hand sanitizer. The distillery has received a temporary permit to follow U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines for mixing and making the hand sanitizer for the public, said co-owner Mary Bradley. “We have to denature the alcohol, add glycerin and hydrogen peroxide and proof it down to 80%. It is watery, compared to your hand gel that you usually buy at the store, but the CDC is saying that the hand sanitizers now need to be at least 70% to kill the virus, and ours is at 80.”

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