Distilling Homemade Moonshine Hand Sanitizer

Posted by admin 03/23/2020 0 Comment(s)

Distilling Homemade Moonshine Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

Hundreds of distilleries around the world are diving into the world of making their own hand sanitizer.  Not to sell, but to give it away.  Yes, given the pandemic issues currently with us, all hands are on deck to kick viruses to the curb.  When the sanitizer companies run out of stock, it's time for those who are able, to step in and lend a....hand (sorry, had to).  The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States even has a page dedicated to sharing the list of distilleries, by state, producing hand sanitizer to help kick the COVID.  Here's the page of the distilleries pitching in.


If you think about it, distilleries are in the perfect position to do this since the main ingredient is alcohol.  So if there's something they know a bit about, it's alcohol, so adding sanitizer to the mix isn't a far stretch.  The World Health Organization actually has a couple recipes on their website that you can use to make your own homemade hand sanitizer.  And this isn't based on some Facebook lore or random website (No, we do not count WHO as random).  You're getting it from a legit source so you know it's going to work and be effective. 


The ingredients are fairly simple, Ethanol/Isopropyl alcohol, Hydrogen peroxide, Glycerol and some water.  The WHO website linked above has a good walk through of how to prepare and what proportions to use, but essentially you mix those ingredients up in their specified proportions and you'll create you own hand sanitizer in the 75%-80% alcohol range, which is effective at killing most viruses.  


So if you're looking for a distilling project and want to lend a helping hand and be a local hometown hero, here you go.  Buy a Moonshine Still and whip up some bottles to help out with the most at risk people in your family or neighborhood.