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Get some Michigan-made hand sanitizer for free

Courtesy: Ann Arbor Distilling Company

You might have a hard time finding hand sanitizer at any price these days because of concerns about the novel coronavirus. Store shelves are often empty. But one Michigan company is making it and giving it away.

With all the hoarding people are doing, it’s nice to hear about people trying to make things better. 

Ann Arbor Distilling Company decided it had the main ingredient you need to make hand sanitizer: alcohol.

Danielle Berridge is the distillery’s tasting room manager. She says they’re using the neutral spirit they use in their gin.

“It’s actually made from local corn. And then we’ve got some aloe gel in there and a little bit of veggie glycerin. And then we also add water to it to bring it down to, I believe, 70%,” she said.

She says you cannot come to the tasting room for a drink at the bar, but they do have alcohol to take home to drink or sanitize.

“We are open for selling bottles and then for people just to come in and grab the sanitizer.”

Ann Arbor Distilling has been giving it away in two-ounce bottles, but it's running out those little bottles. It can't find any available on the internet. But you can bring your own container and get up to eight ounces for free for as long as the hand sanitizer lasts.

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Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Public from 1998-2010.
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