Crystal Ridge Distillery in Hot Springs has joined the effort to combat the COVID-19 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 percent. 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 percent to kill the virus, and ours is at 80.”
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