the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, It turns out much to our disappointment that vodka isn’t an effective substitute for hand sanitizer, which is apparently a thing that some people have been asking vodka makers. If all you have is vodka, just wash your hands normally and enjoy a nice drink.
On Twitter, a Tito’s Handmade Vodka fan posted, “You’re missing some advertising opportunities with recipes for homemade hand sanitizer… just saying.” (To be fair, the original tweet appears to have been made in jest.)
The company responded seriously, however. It posted, “Per the CDC, hand sanitizer needs to contain at least 60% alcohol. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is 40% alcohol, and therefore does not meet the current recommendation of the CDC.”
The tweet also included an image of the following message, “Per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ‘washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. You can tell if sanitizer contains at least 60 percent alcohol by looking at the product label.’