Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA), 99.8%, ACS/USP Grade, 55 Gallon Drum

99.8% Isopropyl Alcohol | 55 Gallon Metal Drum | For COVID-19 | High Purity ACS/USP Grade | Solvent | Antiviral Ingredient For Hand Sanitizers, Disinfectants, Sprays, Wipes And Cleaners

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Isopropyl Alcohol For Coronavirus 

If your local store is out of hand sanitizer, buy isopropyl alcohol (better known as rubbing alcohol) at to make do-it-yourself sanitizers. Tests have confirmed that two hand sanitizer formulations recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) inactivate the virus that causes coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19). Hand sanitizer can be made out of either ethyl alcohol, like the ethanol in alcoholic beverages, or isopropyl alcohol. Rubbing alcohol that's at least 70% alcohol will also kill coronavirus on surfaces; 60% for your hands. 

ExxonMobil makes isopropyl alcohol to help with the coronavirus effort. The firm recently reconfigured a facility to manufacture medical-grade hand sanitizer, which will be donated to health care providers and first responders. 

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To learn more about U.S. regulations concerning the use of denatured alcohol, please refer to the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations here. For guidance from the FDA for using denatured alcohol to make commercial hand sanitizers, please refer to this PDF titled, "Policy for Temporary Compounding of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency Immediately in Effect Guidance for Industry". 

Surgical Spirit Can Kill The COVID-19 Virus In Your House

Surgical Spirit is a British term for rubbing alcohol and isopropyl alcohol. Surgical spirit is a liquid which is used to clean wounds or surgical instruments. It consists mainly of alcohol. Surgical spirit is mostly made up of the alcohol ethanol.

Ethanol has been shown to kill coronaviruses in as little as 30 seconds. Like bleach, the alcohol destroys the protein and RNA that the virus is made up of. You can use use 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or ethanol to kill coronavirus.

Rubbing alcohol (or “surgical spirit” as it is called in the United Kingdom) is a way to disinfect electronic device surfaces without risking water damage.  Homemade hand sanitizer recipes that use pure rubbing alcohol (also known as “surgical spirits”) can help protect against coronavirusIsopropyl Alcohol solutions with at least 70 percent alcohol are effective against the novel coronavirus on hard surfaces. 

Two recent studies in 2020 investigated how long coronaviruses survive on different surfaces. The research looked at different viruses including SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19. Studies discovered that virus survival times varied according to the type of surface. SARS-CoV-2 stability is similar to original SARS virus.

DIY Homemade Hand Sanitizer Formula From WHO

Do-it-yourself hand sanitizer formula from World Health Organization (WHO) scaled down for home use. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, hand sanitizers are in short supply. You can make your own using alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and glycerin. The formula is from the pamphlet "Guide to Local Production: WHO-recommended Handrub Formulations" is here.  When you can, use ordinary soap and water to clean your hands. 

US units -- to make one-third quart of hand sanitizer:


Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) 99.8%, Reagent ACS/USP Grade Features:

CAS Number 67-63-0
Molecular Formula C3H8O
Formula Weight 60.10
Assay Min 99.8%
Solubility in Water To Pass Test
Color (APHA) 10
Residue after Evaporation 0.001%
Water 0.2%
Titrable Acid or Base 01 meq/g
Carbonyl Compounds Propionaldehyde: 0.002%
Acetone 0.002%
Description Packaged in plastic bottles


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Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) 99.8%, Reagent ACS/USP Grade ACS Shipping Information:
DOT: Isopropanol, 3, UN1219, PG II

Are Alcohol (Ethanol), Isopropyl Alcohol And Hydrogen Peroxide Classified As EPA Registered Disinfectants?

EPA registered products such as cleaners and disinfectants often contain isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and ethyl alcohol (alcohol/ethanol). An EPA-registered disinfectant is a disinfectant that has been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA does not consider "alcohol" to be a product on its own. EPA registrations are product specific and are related to claims that the product kills organisms. Because "alcohol" is not considered to be a specific product manufactured by a specific company, alcohol, in and of itself, is not an EPA registered disinfectant, although it is an ingredient in EPA registered disinfectant products. Solutions made with 60%-70% ethyl alcohol have in vitro efficacy against coronaviruses, Ebola virus and murine norovirus.

EPA registered disinfectant formulas that contain isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol are often combined with phenolic compounds and quaternary ammonium to make EPA registered disinfectants for cleaning environmental surfaces in healthcare facilities. The same case holds true for hydrogen peroxide. Many products made with hydrogen peroxide are EPA-registered and can be used to sanitize or disinfect, however hydrogen peroxide, because its very nature can not be registered as a disinfectant with the EPA.

The EPA released a list of disinfectants to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. According to the EPA, products on the list have "qualified for use against COVID-19" through the agency's Emerging Viral Pathogen program where manufacturers provide the EPA with data that "shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses." Read more here.

Where To Buy Isopropyl Alcohol In The USA

Isopropyl alcohol is a popular household item with utility as a cleaner, disinfectant, and more. Brick-and-mortar stores including Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens stock their shelves with common selections including 70% and 91% isopropyl alcohol. The inactive ingredient in these products is purified water.

To purchase isopropyl alcohol with purities above 91%, you will usually need to purchase them online, from places like Ace Hardware or Lab Alley. However, Ace Hardware and most other online retailers do not sell at wholesale prices, while Lab Alley does.

Lab Alley sells wholesale isopropyl alcohol with purities as high as 99.8%. Bulk quantities of 99.8% isopropyl alcohol in five gallon containers start at $260, and bulk 55 drum containers of 99.8% pure isopropyl alcohol starts at $900. We do not sell 100% pure isopropyl alcohol at this time.

How Isopropyl Alcohol Is Used In The Botanical Extraction And Processing Industry

Isopropyl alcohol is a polar solvent similar to ethanol that can be used to extract crude herbal oil from plants. A crude oil is one that is "unrefined," and so a crude herbal oil will include plant matter, pigments, and other flavonoids that may be undesirable in the consumer end product.

Using Isopropyl Alcohol For Botanical Extraction

Raw plant matter can be extracted of its active compounds using isopropyl alcohol in a process called a QWISO, or quick wash isopropyl. It is recommended to use the purest isopropyl alcohol possible, with purities at 99% if possible. Yields vary depending on how finely you've grinded the plant matter used, and whether or not you winterize the extract as a step in the process. You will need roughly 100 -200 mL of isopropyl alcohol for every 10 grams of plant material in this process.

Winterization is the use of cold temperatures and your active solvent to separate fats and waxes with higher melting points, further separating herbal solution from the plant fibers, waxes, and fats. Processes involving isopropyl alcohol and ethanol can integrate winterization as part of the extraction process, while CO2 purges, for example, will have to refine the product through winterization and filtration afterwards.

Learn more about solvent used in the botanical industry on our website.

Alchimia Blog, a blog operated by Alchimia Grow Shop in Figueres, Spain, advises against using isopropyl alcohol for performing extractions, emphasizing the toxic effects of ingesting isopropyl alcohol - even residual amounts. Instead, they suggest only using isopropyl alcohol for cleaning utensils, glass pipes, and other manufacturing equipment. Instead, they recommend ethanol for botanical processing.

What Is 99% Isopropyl Alcohol Used For?

Isopropyl alcohol is also found in many everyday products such as paint thinners, inks, general-purpose cleaners, disinfectants and windshield thawing agents. 99% isopropyl alcohol is used to clean surfaces and also to prevent infection from minor surface wounds like scrapes and cuts. Read more here.

Buy Isopropyl Alcohol (C3H8O) Online Here Or By Phone: 512-668-9918

If you have questions about ordering isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol) online here at or would like to place an order, call 512-668-9918 or email to talk with a Isopropyl Alcohol Specialist. Isopropyl Alcohol is shipped to customers in the United States by UPS. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Protection

Isopropyl alcohol, that contains at least 60% alcohol, by volume, is suitable for do-it-yourself hand sanitizers that protect against coronavirus infection.

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What Is 99% Isopropyl Alcohol Used For?

Isopropyl alcohol is also found in many everyday products such as paint thinners, inks, general-purpose cleaners, disinfectants and windshield thawing agents. 99% isopropyl alcohol is used to clean surfaces and also to prevent infection from minor surface wounds like scrapes and cuts. Read more here.

Information On Isopropyl Alcohol From PubChem

Isopropyl Alcohol is an isomer of propyl alcohol with antibacterial properties. Although the exact mechanism of isopropanol's disinfecting action is not known, it might kill cells by denaturing cell proteins and DNA, interfering with cellular metabolism, and dissolving cell lipo-protein membranes. Isopropanol is used in soaps and lotions as an antiseptic. Isopropyl alcohol or 2-propanol is an isomer of 1-propanol. It is a colorless liquid having disinfectant properties. It is used in the manufacture of acetone and its derivatives and as a solvent. Topically, it is used as an antiseptic. Small amounts of this alcohol are produced naturally by gut microbial flora. Read more here.

Isopropyl Alcohol Safety And Hazards

Vapors cause mild irritation of eyes and upper respiratory tract; high concentrations may be anesthetic. Liquid irritates eyes and may cause injury; harmless to skin; if ingested causes drunkenness and vomiting. HIGHLY FLAMMABLE: Will be easily ignited by heat, sparks or flames. Vapors may form explosive mixtures with air. Vapors may travel to source of ignition and flash back. Most vapors are heavier than air. They will spread along ground and collect in low or confined areas (sewers, basements, tanks). Vapor explosion hazard indoors, outdoors or in sewers. Those substances designated with a (P) may polymerize explosively when heated or involved in a fire. Runoff to sewer may create fire or explosion hazard. Containers may explode when heated. Many liquids are lighter than water. Read more here.

How Much Does Isopropyl Alcohol Cost?

91% Isopropyl Alcohol in a 32 ounce bottle costs $2.59 at CVS. 99% Isopropyl Alcohol in a 1 gallon bottle costs $24.99 at Ace Hardware. A pack of 4 quarts of 99% Isopropyl Alcohol costs $31.95 at Amazon. A pint of 99% Isopropyl Alcohol costs $12.79 at Amazon. A 5 gallon pail of 70% Isopropyl Alcohol costs $200 at A 55 gallon drum of 99.8% Isopropyl Alcohol costs $1,500 at

Can You Buy 99.8% Isopropyl Alcohol?

99.8% Isopropyl Alcohol is sold in the United States in 4 Liter (1.06 gallon) bottles for $60 at This high purity (≥99.8%) Isopropyl Alcohol does not contain water or other contaminants. Read more here.

What Is 99.8% Isopropyl Alcohol Used For?

The highest concentration of Isopropyl Alcohol is used as an industrial cleaner and as a solvent for coatings or for industrial processes. It is used in the manufacture of a wide variety of industrial and household chemicals, and is a common ingredient in chemicals such as antiseptics, disinfectants, and detergents. It dissolves a wide range of non-polar compounds. It also evaporates quickly, leaves nearly zero oil traces, compared to ethanol, and is relatively non-toxic, compared to alternative solvents. It is used to preserve specimens in laboratories. It is often used in DNA extraction. It is used to disinfect bathroom, kitchen and laundry surfaces. It is used to sanitize and clean makeup brushes. Read more here.

Is 99% Isopropyl Alcohol Safe For Skin?

Isopropyl alcohol is readily absorbed through the skin, so spilling large amounts of IPA on the skin may cause accidental poisoning. Small amounts of IPA on the skin is generally not dangerous, but repeated skin exposure can cause itching, redness, rash, drying, and cracking. Prolonged skin contact may cause corrosion. Read more here.

About The Chemical Compound Called Isopropyl Alcohol

The chemical formula for isopropyl alcohol is C3H8O.  It is one of the most common members of the alcohol family of organic compounds.  You can clean your precious Apple Card by moistening a soft, microfiber cloth with isopropyl alcohol and gently wipe the card. It possesses physico-chemical and solvency properties similar to those of ethyl alcohol, making it completely miscible with water and soluble in most organic solvents.  To properly clean a dirty PS4 console, use a cloth lightly dampened with a 50:50 blend of water and isopropyl alcohol.

Isopropanol (CAS 67-63-0) has various synonyms, including isopropyl alcohol, 2 propanol, rubbing alcohol, or as an abbreviation IPA, and has the chemical configuration [(CH3)2CHOH]. Isopropyl alcohol is the least complex secondary alcohol, and is used in the manufacture and final product of a wide variety of household and industrial products such as antiseptics, antibacterial formulas, and detergents. Isopropanol is an isomer of propyl alcohol. At room temperature, isopropanol is a clear, colorless liquid with a distinct and pungent odor. Isopropanol is highly flammable and toxic to ingest; it should be handled with care. Buy Isopropyl Alcohol (99.8%, 99% And 70%) From $17.88 >

If your Fitbit Alta is not charging properly, wipe the pins on the charging points of the tracker and charger with a clean, lint-free cloth lightly dampened with isopropyl alcohol.  It dissolves many types of organic substances including cellulose, oils, gums as well as natural resins.  Unlike ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol has a bitter taste, some undesirable side effects and little ability to produce exhilaration.

Noted manufacturers and distributors of of isopropyl alcohol in 2019 include Honeywell International Inc.Exxon Mobil Corporation, Shell Oil CompanyLG Chem Ltd. (both the acetone-based IPA and propylene–based IPA) and LyondellBasell Industries N.V..

Isopropyl alcohol was the first commercial synthetic alcohol. Learn the difference between alcohol, ethanol, denatured alcohol, rubbing alcohol, methanol and isopropyl alcohol here.   Chemically pure (no water/ anhydrous) isopropyl alcohol (anhydrous) is an excellent, low-cost solvent, displaying a balance between alcohol, water and hydrocarbon characteristics.

Chemists at the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (later Exxon Mobil) first produced isopropyl alcohol in 1920 while studying petroleum by-products. It is easily synthesized from the reaction of propylene with sulfuric acid, followed by hydrolysis.  In 1920, Standard Oil first produced isopropyl alcohol by hydrating propene. Its major use at the time was not rubbing alcohol but for oxidation to acetone, whose first major use was in World War I for the preparation of cordite, a smokeless, low explosive propellant.  It is primarily produced by combining water and propene in a hydration reaction or by hydrogenating acetone.  

Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) is an acceptable cooking fuel. It can be purchased in 70 percent, 91 percent, and 99 percent strengths online in the USA from Lab Alley. The higher the percentage of alcohol, the cleaner isopropyl alcohol will burn.  Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol with an alcohol content of 90% or higher is normally used in alcohol burners.

According to the University of California Santa Barbara, the pH of rubbing alcohol is about 5.5. This level can vary based on the dilution factor or the brand of the rubbing alcohol.  Isopropyl alcohol is amphiprotic, meaning that it can act as both a weak acid and a weak base.  Isopropyl alcohol is soluble in water in all proportions.  Isopropyl alcohol is soluble in water because it can form strong hydrogen bonds to the water.

Isopropanol (CAS 67-63-0) has various synonyms, including isopropyl alcohol, 2 propanol, rubbing alcohol, or as an abbreviation IPA, and has the chemical configuration [(CH3)2CHOH]. Isopropyl alcohol is the least complex secondary alcohol, and is used in the manufacture and final product of a wide variety of household and industrial products such as antiseptics, antibacterial formulas, and detergents. Isopropanol is an isomer of propyl alcohol. At room temperature, isopropanol is a clear, colorless liquid with a distinct and pungent odor. Isopropanol is highly flammable and toxic to ingest; it should be handled with care.

Because isopropyl alcohol can be consumed, it is subject to the excise tax laws that also apply to ethanol. All alcohols that can be consumed to achieve intoxicating effects in humans are subject to excise taxes, making other chemicals like heptane and hexane popular for chemical processes requiring the use of a generic solvent. Consuming isopropanol in the place of ethanol or an ethanol-derived spirit is extremely dangerous.

Isopropyl alcohol solutions with a higher concentration of isopropyl alcohol dry faster than those with lower isopropyl alcohol content. Most often, the diluting additive is water (H2O). For this reason, it is generally not recommended to use any isopropyl alcohol less than 99% pure to clean sensitive electronics. To purchase the highest purity isopropyl alcohol available, click here.

Isopropyl alcohol is the main ingredient in many common household products, such as Purell, Clorox Wipes, Rust-Oleum Graffiti Remover, Hagerty Chandelier Cleaner, StoneTech Polish, Canon Color Ink Cartridges, EcoSmart Insect Repellent, Frontline Pet Spray, and many more.

Isopropyl alcohol is sold online by Walgreens, CVS, Amazon and Ace Hardware.

Isopropyl Alcohol Structure

Isopropyl alcohol, also known as isopropanol, is a colorless, volatile and flammable liquid. It has a chemical formula of C3H8O: it has three carbon (C) atoms, eight hydrogen (H) atoms and one oxygen (O) atom. Its chemical formula can also be written as: C3H7OH, CH3CHOHCH3 or (CH3)2CHOH. Read more here.

Isopropyl Alcohol Toxicity

Isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol, 2-propanol, propan-2-ol) is commonly used as a disinfectant, hand sanitizer, antifreeze, and solvent, and typically comprises 70 percent of "rubbing alcohol." People ingest isopropyl alcohol either unintentionally or intentionally to become intoxicated (ie, ethanol substitute) or to harm themselves. Isopropyl alcohol functions primarily as a central nervous system (CNS) inebriant and depressant, and its toxicity and treatment resemble that of ethanol. Fatality from isolated isopropyl alcohol toxicity is rare, but can result from injury due to inebriant effects, untreated coma with airway compromise, or rarely, cardiovascular depression and shock following massive ingestion. Supportive care can avert most morbidity and mortality. It is important to differentiate isopropyl alcohol poisoning from methanol and ethylene glycol, which are more dangerous. Read more here.

Isopropyl Alcohol vs Ethanol 

Isopropyl alcohol, often called IPA or isopropanol, is similar in function and structure to ethanol. It evaporates at a similar rate and destroys bacterial and viral cells by the same mechanism. However, it is not as effective at dehydrating living tissue and so is a better solution for disinfecting skin than ethanol. Read more here.

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Synonyms for Isopropanol: Isopropyl Alcohol, 2 Propanol, Rubbing Alcohol, IPA, Propan-2-ol

Difference Between Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) 99% and 70%

In hospitals and pharmaceutical companies’ isopropyl alcohol is a common choice for a disinfectant. Isopropyl alcohol is available in many different purity grades, each one has a specific use and benefit. Some of the different grades are great for disinfectants and cleaning chemicals. Some grades can remove bacteria and impurities. Isopropyl alcohol is non corrosive to metal and are safe to use with plastic. They have a low impact on the climate. It is important to store it in a safe place because it is flammable. Isopropyl alcohol should be stored in a closed container in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. For more information about OHSA’s flammable liquids standards click here.

In 2019, it can be difficult for people in America to buy 99% isopropyl alcohol locally in a chain drugstore so many consumers buy 99% isopropyl alcohol in 16 ounce (1 pint) containers online on Amazon or in bulk 1 gallon, 5 gallon and 55 gallon containers at Lab Alley.  Participating True Value stores sell isopropyl alcohol in 128-oz bottles (1 Gallon). Please call your local store to check price and availability. Find a store near you that sells isopropyl alcohol. Although an American hardware retail chain founded in 1924, called Ace Hardware Corporation, does not ship 99% isopropyl alcohol in 1 gallon bottles to homes in the United States, you can contact an Ace Hardware store near you to check on availability.

70% isopropyl alcohol is effective against microbial bacteria, fungi, and viruses. For the isopropyl alcohol to be effective against the bacteria and viruses there needs to be a significant presence of water in the solution. Solutions between 60% and 90% alcohol with 10–40% water work the most effectively. The higher concentrations do not work effectively due to their low water concentrations. The water acts as a catalyst and it helps denature the proteins of the cell membranes of vegetative cells. The water also slows down the time it takes to evaporate, and it increases the contact duration with the membrane.

99% isopropyl alcohol is commonly used as a solvent or a cleaning agent for products that are sensitive to water. It has a low flash point, so it evaporates quickly. Some common uses are in the computer and electronics industry. In this industry it is important that the cleaning agent evaporates immediately. They want to be able to quickly clean a spill as soon as possible and the 99% IPA acts perfectly for this use. It has a low shelf life because of rapid evaporation when exposed to air but its alcohol content has little dilution and a great consistency.

Lab Alley sells 70% isopropyl alcohol in various quantities. We provide fast shipping in the USA. You can order 70% Isopropyl Alcohol in a 5 Gallon poly pail for $150.

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US IPA Prices Soar On Rising Global Demand And Supply Shortage
Author: Deniz Koray | Published By ICIS On March 19, 2020
Posted Here On March 27, 2020

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US isopropanol (IPA) prices surged this week on heavy demand for hand sanitizer during the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, and there are no quick fixes for either the strong demand or the shortages of product. While European prices had risen to even higher numbers in the past month, US increases had been modest. However, prices surged this week, as domestic IPA spot prices are now assessed at 62-85 cents/lb ($1,367-1,874/tonne) FOB (free on board) US Gulf. IPA prices DEL (delivered) to the US Gulf are assessed at 64-90 cents/lb. 

Until this week, prices in the US were increasing at much smaller rates than in Europe, generally in the range of 5 cents/lb or less. However, this week was a tipping point for the domestic market, as the US response to the coronavirus was heightened. Isopropyl alcohol is used in many hand sanitizers, which are in high demand among consumers because of their ability to kill germs. Hand sanitizers were among the first products to sell out at grocery stores and pharmacies, but demand has increased since then. It was believed that the US was not seeing the level of IPA price increases as in Europe since it had more ethanol. However, due to the increase in US exports to Europe as well as the rapid rise domestic demand, supply of IPA was nevertheless overwhelmed. One market participant said many producers were on sales allocations, but this could not be confirmed.

Last week, an export deal for Europe was heard at $1,350/tonne (61.24 cents/lb) CFR (cost and freight) Europe. Another was heard at $1,700/tonne CFR Europe. This week, prices for individual deals were heard for up to triple these numbers in Europe on imported IPA. However, these are not yet considered representative for the market. According to a market source, prices of exports to Asia in the past several days doubled, while another market participant said that Latin American demand began to heavily increase this week, but that there was almost no supply to provide to buyers there. Export prices now range from 57.52-95.00 cents/lb, although much higher individual spot prices were heard. IPA is a solvent principally used in industrial and consumer products including cosmetics and personal-care products, paints and resins, pharmaceuticals, food, inks and adhesives. It is also used in de-icers in the winter. US IPA suppliers include ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, LyondellBasell, Monument Chemical and Shell Chemical.

Ethanol Plants Seek Rule Changes To Resupply Hand Sanitizer
By David Pitt Associated Press March 26, 2020

Hospitals and nursing homes are desperately searching for hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus outbreak and the ethanol industry is ready to step in to provide the alcohol, a key ingredient.

DES MOINES, Iowa -- As hospitals and nursing homes desperately search for hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus outbreak, federal regulators are preventing ethanol producers from providing millions of gallons of alcohol that could be transformed into the germ-killing mixture. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's roadblock has been frustrating the health care and ethanol industries, which have been calling for a relaxed regulation to deal with the public health care emergency. “Hand sanitizer is a big part of our lives,” said Eric Barber, CEO of Mary Lanning Healthcare, a hospital in Hastings, Nebraska. “We can’t get any. We order it and it’s just not available.” The problem for the ethanol industry is that most plants make food-grade ethanol, one step below the highest pharmaceutical grade. But since the plants aren't certified to comply with stringent production standards designed to protect quality of medicines, food ingredients and dietary supplements, the FDA doesn't want the alcohol used for a product to be applied to the skin. In addition, the alcohol is not denatured or mixed with a bitter additive to make it undrinkable. The FDA insists this step is “critical” because of cases of poisoning, sometimes fatal, among young children who have accidentally ingested hand sanitizers. An FDA spokesman said Thursday that regulators have already seen a rise in poisonings linked to hand sanitizers in recent weeks, “heightening this public concern.” The FDA is also skeptical of industry claims that undenatured sanitizers could be distributed in a way that would keep them away from children. “It is unclear what, if any, measure could be instituted to ensure that the product does not make its way into consumer hands, where children could have access,” FDA’s Jeremy Kahn said in an emailed statement. Facing a nationwide shortage, Barber said the FDA should temporarily relax regulations to allow alternative production. “You’re talking about alcohol. Does it matter if it's fuel grade or whatever the stuff is they’re trying to price gouge now? I think its common sense,” he said. “We may need to consider a range of possible solutions that were not on the table before the pandemic,” said Nancy Foster, a vice president with the group, in an emailed statement to the AP. The Consumer Brands Association, formerly the Grocery Manufacturers Association, has had conversations with the FDA to push the agency to reconsider its guidelines. The group, which represents branded food, consumer products and beverage companies, said that hand sanitizer supplies are running so low that its members have had to ration it out to workers in stores, distribution centers and manufacturing plants. "We need a temporary solution," said Mike Gruber, vice president of regulatory and technical affairs at the trade association. “This goes toward ensuring basic food safety practices.” Distillers that produce vodka, whisky and other alcoholic drinks have been given some regulatory waivers by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau allowing them to produce hand sanitizer. Many have done that, but they produce much smaller volumes of alcohol than an ethanol plant could produce. They also receive a benefit in the Senate-passed stimulus bill. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, which represents dozens of large and small distillers, applauded Congress for easing taxes on distillers who make hand sanitizer. Under the stimulus package passed late Wednesday, distillers don’t have to pay federal excise taxes on alcohol used for hand sanitizer through Jan. 1, 2021. “Hundreds of U.S. distillers are stepping up to produce hand sanitizer and they should not be hit with a huge tax bill for producing this much-needed item, especially at a time when so many of them are struggling,” said Chris Swonger, the group’s president and CEO. But the council said it’s urging the FDA to update its guidance and let distillers use undenatured alcohol for hand sanitizer. The stimulus bill requires distillers to follow the FDA’s guidance if they want to receive the tax breaks. The FDA has waived dozens of regulations in recent weeks to boost production of key medical supplies, including coronavirus tests, ventilators, gloves and hand sanitizers. Under the latest FDA guidelines, regulators maintain standards for alcohol, requiring new producers to use alcohol that meets federal or international standards for use in either drugs or food products. The regulatory hurdles are especially frustrating for Midwest ethanol producers who are facing plunging fuel demand and a petroleum fight between Saudi Arabia and Russia that caused prices to plummet. The factors are forcing more plants to curtail production and close. For ethanol producers relaxed rules, including a requirement of the hard-to-acquire denaturant, would allow them to step in an help in a national emergency. “If we could get the FDA to say yes you can use the beverage grade and for the duration of this emergency at least for some point in time here for the next two weeks you can waive the denaturant we would literally have millions of gallons of hand sanitizer available within a matter of days,” said Monte Shaw, CEO of Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol trade group. “Every one of our plants has gotten contacted by people who want this stuff and we can’t send it to them.” Andrew Vrbas owner of Pacha Soap, a boutique soap shop in Hastings, Nebraska, had just finished renovating a 100,000-square-foot former bread factory as a project to boost the community. Now, he’s preparing to set up hand sanitizer production there to supply to hospitals. He’s received calls from hospitals in Nebraska, Florida and New York City seeking hand sanitizer. “We are literally three miles from a plant that has as much ethanol as you could imagine,” he said. “We’re sitting on millions of gallons of alcohol. If we could rally the federal government to say look if you just let us work with local ethanol producers we have the expertise, we have the ability to provide hand sanitizer to hospitals not only in Nebraska but all across the country that are just reaching out through my network saying if you could send us hand sanitizer, we’re out.”

Coronavirus Pandemic Sparks Price Surge for Alcohol Used in Hand Sanitizer
April 4, 2020 

A leap in demand for isopropyl alcohol pushes prices to record highs in U.S. and Europe. A key ingredient in hand sanitizers and medical disinfectants has become hard to obtain, triggering its price to surge to an all-time high. Isopropyl-alcohol prices have more than tripled in the U.S. since March 10. Read more here.