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And if you get frustrated, well, you have the beer.
 
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Thanks for posting this video!  With alcohol totally unavailable in my area, I have been considering distilling my own alcohol in order to make hand sanitizer.  This video gave me the ideas I needed to proceed.
 
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That’s funny, Su Ba - when the revenuers come for you and try to haul you off to jail for making moonshine, just say it is a hand sanitizer manufacturing plant, not a still!
 
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Artie, it's totally illegal to distill alcohol, even for hand sanitizer., without the government permits & licenses. But I'm a bit of an outlaw already.......a rather insignificant type of outlaw, though. I live in Ka'u, Hawaii which is loaded with hundreds of people just like me. So generally, the officials leave Ka'u alone as long as we don't step over their line. Guess it's easier that way.

Anyway, I'm not a drinker. Hard to believe but I've only drank hard liquor twice in my entire life, and less than a half a cup of wine at a sitting perhaps 5-6 times. I never developed a taste for the stuff. So I'd never be tempted to sip any alcohol I might make for the hand sanitizer. And besides, one cup of sanitizer here and there is all I intend to make. And if the stuff was available to purchase, or if I could buy Ever Clear to make my own, I wouldn't even consider trying this experiment. But alas, I cannot find alcohol of any type, nor bleach, for sale anyway here. We've been left to fend for ourselves. And fend I shall in order to stay alive.
 
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Can you get soap?  If so, put a couple jugs of water in the car for parking lot hand washing.  
 
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Good suggestion!

I keep a spray bottle of bleach mix in each vehicle, along with throw away rags, plus a bag to dispose of the rag. Plus I make sure to bleach the bottle handle/sprayer with each use. I will also spray door handles, the pickup truck tail gate latch, and whatever else my "contaminated" hands touched. And I spray my hands, NOT drying them off with a rag, but rather, letting them air dry so that the bleach solution is on my hands for at least a minute. Multiple minutes is better, but that's not always doable. My hands smell like bleach much of the day. I would prefer to use alcohol sanitizer, but I can't get it. So I hope to make my own. At home, I use soap & water, where disinfecting faucet handles is much easier than trying to set up something in the car. But with thought and planning, I suppose I could come up with something if I had to for the vehicles. Soap & water is a better choice than bleach or alcohoL, but not as simple to  implement.  

While sanitizing my hands and objects that could be contaminated is a good idea, I focus more so upon not getting contaminated in the first place. So I try to stay put on the farm as much as possible and avoid people and "people places".

I have a hydrometer due to be delivered in a couple of days. Perhaps I'll pick up some cheap booze or beer the next time I absolutely need to go to a store. I avoid stores as much as I can.
 
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Su Ba wrote: Hard to believe but I've only drank hard liquor twice in my entire life,



Me too; AM and PM
 
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Gray Henon wrote:Can you get soap?  If so, put a couple jugs of water in the car for parking lot hand washing.  



LOVE that you made this suggestion.....although folks may be thinking of liquid soap, I am suggesting soap leaves.  As of about 30 seconds ago there were plenty on Amazon.  Not many folks know what they are or that they even exist.

I've carried soap leaves and bottles of water in my car for the past 25 years to wash hands when I shop for plants and soil because wipes just don't cut it.  It's also good to wash the hands of little ones after they are finished playing at the park.

Don't want to buy soap leaves?  Grate or shave a bar of soap and keep in a bag.  Grab a couple of shavings and get to washing.  8 )
 
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I haven't heard anything about it, but midwestern ethanol plants could make enough hand sanitizer for the country in a day or two.  You would think they would be jumping at it with the decrease in demand for fuel.
 
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