Beginning in early April, 2020, members of Nebraska's ethanol community began formulating a plan to utilize corn-based ethanol in hand sanitizer. Hand Sanitizer production began April 5 and is in full operation.
Nebraska ethanol plants
Nebraska ethanol plants providing a solution in a time of need. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of ethanol in the production of hand sanitizer. In its pure form, it is 190 proof (95% by volume) alcohol which can kill coronavirus within seconds of contact.
All hand sanitizer produced as part of this project meets FDA guidelines uses the World Health Organization formula for hand sanitizer. Ingredients include 80% alcohol, deionized water, glycerin, hydrogen peroxide bitterant.
All ingredients for hand sanitizer produced through this project were donated by Nebraska’s ethanol producers and the companies supply and support our state’s ethanol industry. This effort allows us to provide hand sanitizer free of charge for Nebraska’s medical community as state and local government entities.
Handsanitizer on Social Media
The distribution of hand sanitizer continues across Nebraska! Request sanitizer at https://t.co/lRSvxaXiwA. This project will continue as long as resources allow. To support this effort, consider a financial donation or share this link: https://t.co/UxqglSOsws. pic.twitter.com/yiOCW8zYwm— NE Ethanol Board (@NE_ethanol) April 28, 2020