Story at a glance
- Recipes for homemade hand sanitizers using Tito’s Vodka are circulating online as the coronavirus outbreak spreads.
- The company released a statement saying its vodka will not be effective against COVID-19, per CDC guidelines.
- On Twitter, Tito’s Vodka has been responding to tweets tagging the company and suggesting its product as a preventative measure.
Alcohol won’t solve most of your problems, including the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Not that it’s stopped anyone from trying.
Recipes for homemade sanitizers are all over the Internet as the coronavirus outbreak spreads and people look for ways to protect themselves. Alcohol is the main ingredient in hand sanitizer and some are suggesting using Tito’s Vodka. Others are skipping the other ingredients and going straight to the source.
But even commercial hand sanitizers including Purell have not been proven effective against serious viruses. The CDC says washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to rid yourself of germs, but an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol will do if you’re not near a sink.
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As Tito’s Vodka has been pointing out on Twitter for the last 24 hours or so, their product only contains 40 percent alcohol. The company has been responding to tweets with a statement that their vodka does not meet CDC guidelines for use in hand sanitizers.
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. Please see attached for more information. pic.twitter.com/3gS4Cv92Xn— TitosVodka (@TitosVodka) March 4, 2020
Some websites that originally suggested the recipe have taken down, redirected or corrected their original posts as health officials address misinformation. Others are pointing out that homemade hand sanitizers are likely to be less effective and can even damage your skin.
WHAT ABOUT MAKING MY OWN? Oh just use soap. If you screw up and don't use enough alcohol, your homebrew won't work, and even if you do, most homemade versions dry your skin too much, making it MORE vulnerable to infection.— Brooke (@hsifyppah) March 4, 2020
So if you’re trying not to catch COVID-19, wash your hands. Then take the shot of vodka.
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