There are several recipes for making your own hand sanitizer at home. And while some recipes are “alcohol free”, both the CDC and WHO say that all hand sanitizers need to be at least 70% ethyl alcohol or 60% isopropyl alcohol to be effective. If you can’t find isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol at the store, you might consider buying a grain alcohol (ethyl alcohol aka “ethanol”). Both work about equally well. I’m not aware of any suggestion by the CDC or WHO as to where to buy either of these, but I will be looking for the ethanol at local liquor stores. Most liquor stores have PGA (pure grain alcohol) and usually around 90% pure. However, if you can’t find PGA, others may work as well (like Bacardi 151 – which is 75.5% pure)
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