Distilleries using high-proof alcohol to make hand sanitizer

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Distilleries are putting their spirits to work to help fill the shortage of hand sanitizers due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Green Mountain Distillers in Morrisville, Vermont is giving away a hand sanitizing solution, and Durham Distillery in Durham, North Carolina, is donating one to hospitality colleagues, using high-proof alcohol and other ingredients.  The owners are offering local businesses two bottles of free home-made sanitizer.

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The distillery has the right permits to have high-proof alcohol, and they're using it to help the community. The sanitizer is made of 70% ethanol and 30% water.

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A Pennsylvania distillery owner grew so disgusted by the skyrocketing price of hand sanitizer online that he's also converted his operation, and is selling it for whatever people want to pay.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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