Tito's Warns Consumers Against Using Vodka as Hand Sanitizer


As anxiety over staying healthy and practicing good hygiene and proper hand-washing during the coronavirus outbreak grows, some people are turning to vodka. But Tito's Vodka wants no part of it.

The alcohol brand has spent the last 24 hours on social media explaining to customers that you should not, under any circumstances, be using their vodka to make your own hand sanitizer!

The Vodka company replied to several customers who reached out about creating their own virus-defense remedy on Twitter.

"Per the CDC, hand sanitizer needs to contain at least 60% alcohol," Tito's Handmade Vodka tweeted on Thursday. "Tito's Handmade Vodka is 40% alcohol, and therefore does not meet the current recommendation of the CDC."

Tito's cited the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's advice adding that the best way to fight the virus was to wash your hands or use store-bought hand sanitizer.

But with a shortage of store-bought disinfectants, DIY instructions and how-to's for how to make the homemade stuff have gone viral. However, experts warn against the potentially dangerous idea.

"I worry about people making their own sanitizer as it will be difficult to make sure that the concentrations are correct," Daniel Parker, assistant professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, told CNN.

Moral of the story: Tito's Vodka is for drinking, not washing your hands.

You can check out the proper hand-washing technique here, courtesy of The Ellen Show.

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