Sandstone Distillery announced Wednesday, March 18, that it would begin producing high-alcohol hand sanitizer in the wake of the recent shortage due to the coronavirus.
“These are really crazy times,” said owner John Bourdon “There’s a lot of fear and uncertainty, and we’re just glad we can help meet this critical need.”
According to a press release, the Tenino-based company plans on shifting production over from a craft spirits focus to producing 3-ounce containers that will be distributed to the public at no charge.
Bourdon said making hand sanitizer isn’t as easy as rumors have been making it out to be.
“You can’t just mix up vodka and aloe vera, people. There’s a science to it, and it has to be right in order to be effective. We’re following the World Health Organization formulation for sanitizing hand rub very strictly,” he said.
In the press release, Bourdon added that this is an effort distilleries across the nation are taking to help the public.
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