Tito’s Vodka reminds customers not to use its liquor to make hand sanitizer

Coronavirus

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 12: A view of Tito’s Vodka on display as Titans of BBQ presented by National Beef and Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Dario Cecchini, Pat LaFrieda and Michael Symon at Pier 97 on October 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As news of people contracting the coronavirus increases, people are trying new ways to keep germs at bay. That includes washing their hands with liquor, which Tito’s Vodka will tell you is a bad idea.

The Austin-based distillery spent the day Thursday responding to fans on Twitter who were saying they were going to make hand sanitizer with Tito’s Vodka. The company’s social media team responded to every tweet mentioning using Tito’s Vodka as sanitizer with the same message.

“Per the CDC, hand sanitizer needs to contain at least 60% alcohol. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is 40% alcohol, and therefore does not meet the current recommendation of the CDC,” Tito’s wrote in its Tweet.

A survey released in late Feb. said 38% of Americans refused to drink Corona beer because of the similar names.

How to properly fight against the coronavirus

As Tito’s has proven, there is a lot of misinformation spreading about how to combat the coronavirus. To help, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of approved antimicrobial products effective against the coronavirus.

Here are some of the registered disinfectant’s approved by the EPA:

  • Clorox Multi Surface Cleaner + Bleach
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Spray
  • Lysol brand Heavy-Duty Cleaner Disinfectant Concentrate
  • Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist
  • Lysol brand Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes
  • Sani-Prime Germicidal Spray

The full list of products can be found on the EPA’s site here.

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