Tito's Warns It Doesn't Protect Against Coronavirus

When turned into a homemade hand sanitizer, that is
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2020 11:09 AM CST
Vodka Is for Drinking, Not for Homemade Hand Sanitizer
This June 30, 2014 photo shows an assortment of vodkas from left to right, Fair Quinoa, Tito's Handmade and Reyka.   (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

(Newser) – With hand sanitizer flying off shelves as a result of the coronavirus, recipes for homemade versions have been popping up online. The problem is, "if made incorrectly, it can be downright harmful," reports CNN. The solution must be made with at least 60% alcohol, which rules out use of most liquors, though people are apparently using them anyway. Indeed, Tito's Handmade Vodka issued a warning on Twitter Thursday after a user claimed to have used the 40% alcohol to make a somewhat tasty solution, per CNET.

It "doesn't taste bad" and is "keeping me germ-free and feeling good at the same time," the user wrote. The Texas-based company was quick to note that such a solution "does not meet the current recommendation of the CDC." Though the World Health Organization does offer an in-depth guide to making hand sanitizer, a simple solution involves mixing two parts rubbing alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol, with one part aloe vera gel, per the Verge. The gel keeps the skin from drying out. (Read all about the coronavirus here.)

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