As everyone is encouraged to wash their hands, there’s one item that has been at a premium during the COVID-19 pandemic — hand sanitizer.
While soap and water is the preferred method, hand sanitizer is a mobile cleansing addition that is proving to be a challenge to find, due to people hoarding the product at stores.
As such, many people have begun trying to make their own sanitizer and some businesses, like Forager Distilling in Kamloops, have followed suit.
Dale Walker, owner at Forager Distilling, delivered his firm’s crafted hand-sanitizer to The Mustard Seed on Friday, to be used by the social agency that helps those in need in Kamloops.
Walker said he had seen other distilleries doing the same thing and saw a need for it in Kamloops.
While alcohol is the active ingredient in hand sanitizer, Walker said that the challenge in crafting it is getting access to higher proof alcohol. Sanitizer requires a minimum of 60 per cent alcohol, which is higher than most of what can be found at the liquor store.
“Distilleries and pharmacies have access to high alcohol,” he said.
Walker will be posting the proportions for creating hand sanitizer on Forager’s Facebook page and it will continue to be made at the distillery, as long as there is access to the materials, which not only include the alcohol, but ingredients such as aloe vera or glycerine, which help to protect the skin from being chapped by the high-proof liquor.
Another potential roadblock in production is a shortage of containers because, even though they being used to hold hand sanitizer, Walker is reluctant to re-use them.
The bottom line, he said, is everybody needs to pull together right now.
“It’s important for everybody to do their part to support the community,” Walker said.