Micro-distiller helps make hand sanitizer during shortage

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SPRING GLEN, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — With cleaning products flying off the shelves, distilleries across the state are stepping up to help supply the demand.

From wine to hand sanitizer, Jacob Lettich donated his homemade wine to help Jack-Azz Distilling make the disinfectant.

“Heard they were making hand sanitizer. I figured I could help,” Lettich said.

“Hopefully this will carry them over until they can get more from supplies,” Clervin Zimmerman, Jack-Azz Distillery co-owner said.

The three owners of the micro-distillery are making batches to donate to local fire departments and nursing homes in the area.

“It’s becoming very scarce. Hard to get and we just felt it was something we could help out with,” Zimmerman said.

Just like the limited supply of hand sanitizer, Zimmerman says it’s hard to find the supplies to make it. Their batches are made up of only three ingredients: high proof distilled alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and aloe gel or glycerin.

When you spray the final product, you might smell some of the alcohol, but don’t worry that smell will go away. They use the glycerin to keep your hands from drying out.

Jack-Azz are bottling the supplies in wine bottles with labels, then the recipients are putting them in more suitable containers.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is allowing distilleries to make hand sanitizer and cleaning products without a permit or inspection temporarily as long as they follow the guidelines.

The number to call to donate products to help make more hand sanitizer is 570-778-1040.

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