New York State Is Making Its Own "Superior" Hand Sanitizer, Says Governor

March 10, 2020

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On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state is producing its own hand sanitizer. The NYS Clean sanitizer has 75 percent alcohol, making it "superior" to products already on the market, according to Cuomo. He dramatically unveiled the product from behind black curtains. "It has a very nice floral bouquet," Cuomo said about the scent, saying it was a mix of tulips, lilacs and hydrangea. The sanitizer is being made now and will first be distributed to the town of New Rochelle, a "significant hotspot." The sanitizer is being made by Corcraft, the brand made by the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Corcraft uses inmate labor at prisons throughout the state. Corcraft only sells products to government agencies, schools, courts, non-profit organizations and police and fire departments. Cuomo said a small bottle would cost less than a dollar and a gallon would cost just over six dollars. Cuomo warned "Mr. Amazon and Mr. Ebay," saying, "if you continue the price gouging, we will introduce our product, which is superior to your product, and you don't even have the floral bouquet," Cuomo said. "So stop price gouging." Both websites say they're limiting or stopping listings of hand sanitizer to avoid false advertising and price gouging. Some people have been making their own hand sanitizer with rubbing alcohol, aloe vera gel and essential oils.