Can You Make Hand Sanitizer From Booze?

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They make talk. Where do we go in 2020? What do you want to do?>>I want to engineer a virus. [dramatic music]>>Oh boy, Jason Murphy,
these are crazy times. Right now we are in the
middle of a full on pandemic. We are practicing social distancing which I didn’t really
grasp how important it was until I read that article
on The Washington Post. Did you read that?>>I haven’t completed it but they had a lot of moving pictures and so that pretty much ensures that I’ll give it another look.>>What I liked about it
is that it broke down, like, look, we get it,
sick person infects other healthy people, everyone becomes sick. Then it says, but,
eventually people get better, so you have sick people,
everyone gets sick, and then everybody gets better. What we want to avoid, is sick
people infecting everybody. Everybody being sick
at the exact same time and overwhelming the system,
and then getting better. So they had one simulation
that looked like the Wuhan situation where you started with a strict quarantine but it eventually broke. And eventually everybody got sick but at no point did everybody get sick at the exact same time. Then they ran a simulation of what they called social distancing which is what we are
illustrating right now. Which is some number of people don’t move other people of course go about their day. And, yes, eventually everybody gets sick. Yes, eventually everybody gets better. But at no point does the
system get overwhelmed. This is where that
#flattenthecurve comes from. The idea is, yes, look, it’s an alien force that’s
going to infect us all. Let’s just make sure it doesn’t happen all at the same time.>>Well, fortunately, Modern Rogue
has been preparing for disastrous scenarios
for quite a while.>>Yes.
>>JASON: We’re good.>>Also very isolationist. [laughs] [Jason laughs] I unironically had the thought, “it’s a good time to own a cult compound” [laughing]>>Yeah, and that brings us to all the crazy things that people do. There’s not a lot of really solid information out there. And so people are picking
up rumors and innuendos. Things they hear on
the poop-filled bathtub that is the internet. And so, people are panic buying, they’re hoarding things like toilet paper and masks and other necessities
like hand sanitizer.>>Yeah, dude. This is part of being a modern rogue, is realizing what you don’t
want is hand sanitizers. What you want is clean hands. And of course, the CDC
is very specific on this. They say you should use
soap and water, 30 seconds. You know, sing “Happy Birthday,” get all the cracks and crevices and then also use hand sanitizer. But what is hand sanitizer?>>Hand sanitizer is
not super complicated. The most important thing
there is the alcohol. And that is what denatures the proteins to kill all of the bad little things that might be crawling around
on surfaces and on your hands.>>Yeah, but how much alcohol? Because there was a rumor running around that Tito’s Vodka would clean everything and Tito’s had to put a big
public announcement out saying “No, our vodka, which you
are supposed to drink, “is not strong enough “to kill any viruses on your hands. “Stop using it that way.”>>The hand sanitizers
on the market go anywhere from like 40% alcohol to 95%. For safety’s sake, you’re going to want something
that has at least 70%.>>And that’s the important part. If the alcohol is the
important active ingredient, you could get alcohol places
other than hand sanitizers. For example, this clearly not fit for
human consumption concoction.>>Yeah, this is Everclear.
It’s 190 proof. That is 95% ethyl alcohol.>>And again, this is not ideal, but if you can’t get your hand on… Oh, we didn’t even talk about the price gouging that’s going on.>>Right. I found one thing of just
normal hand sanitizer. It’s actually a 12-pack for $116. And these were only
eight-ounce containers.>>Meanwhile, we got some aloe vera gel, which is often the substrate used for a lot of these, and Everclear. Aloe vera gel… what, about eight bucks? And then the Everclear was how much?>>Oh, it was about $39.>>Okay, great. So we could make an awful
lot of hand sanitizer. What’s the ratio that we want?>>I generally tend to
trust Popular Science. They’ve got a ratio on here that’s one cup of alcohol
to half a cup of aloe vera.>>We are going by, I guess,
volume not by mass on this then.>>Correct.>>Okay, so, I’m going to
go ahead and do two cups because that will be easier to measure. Okay, so I got about two cups of Everclear and then one up of this aloe vera gel?>>That’s right.>>And–
>>And some people recommend you can also add like
15 drops of tea tree oil which is an antibacterial essential oil or another essential oil to
make it smell a little better. But really what you want is the aloe vera to keep your hands from drying out and the alcohol to kill all the bad stuff.>>As a matter of fact, looking
at the actual ingredients on this hand sanitizer, it ain’t rocket science. It’s pretty much aloe vera and booze.>>It’s real simple. Don’t drink hand sanitizer!>>Oh, Jesus Christ!>>I’m just going to
tell you that right now. [Brian laughs]
Don’t drink it.>>[laughs] I am so sad to admit that that’s what surprised
me on the Wikipedia. It says that it’s a… nevermind. We’re not talking about that, nevermind. All right.
[Jason laughs] I’ve got about two cups of Everclear and three cups of aloe vera. Just mix well I guess?>>It was supposed to
one cup of aloe vera.>>Yes, oh I’m sorry, three cups total. Two cups Everclear–
>>[laughs] Okay.>>One cup aloe vera. Okay, so what are the safety concerns while you’re making this stuff?>>Crazy flammable.>>Yeah, alcohol tends to do that. In fact, here, let’s… just to test because Science. I didn’t even want a
flame near this.[laughs] I’m just going to squirt a
little bit of this in here and… We’ve got a fire extinguisher. It’ll be fine.
>>JASON: Careful. [soothing banjo music]>>Yep, and it’s that dangerous flame where you could see that
it’s actually burning, but it’s burning really dim
blue so you can’t even tell. It’s only when you put something in, it’s like that invisible flame. Look at this. It’s going to start to burn this wood. Ain’t that wild?>>Oh wow.>>So that’s regular hand sanitizer. How do I put that out? I should put a cup on a cup. So we’ll smother that out.>>And that was the regular,
off-the-shelf hand sanitizer?>>Yeah, yeah. So I guess it’s nothing that … Boy it’s hard to even tell if it’s going. Yeah, it’s definitely done. Wow, I didn’t realize how
nasty real sanitizer was. Okay, now I’m going to
put in just a little bit of our homegrown stuff. And I bet it looks exactly the same. Whoa! Oh, that’s a lot.>>You mix a little
thermite in there, Brian.>>Oh, no no no.
>>It’ll burn even better.>>This is the real reason
you’re working remote? [laughs] It’s nothing to do with the virus. Is it going? Whoa, yep, that’s going. Look at that. And, again, you can’t even see it.>>Yeah, you’ve got to be really careful because you could have
an out of control fire in your work area and not even realize it.
>>And you won’t even know it. Yeah, look at that. So I just set the skewer over it and you can see it’s already
singeing it on the bottom. Everything’s about to
burst into flames here.>>JASON: There it is.>>And so, of course,
you don’t want to use… [blowing] You don’t want to use
water on that kind of fire. You want to choke it out using
a chemical fire extinguisher or by smothering it. I think we got it. [laughs] Turns out it’s still burning.[laughs] No, we’re good, we’re good. Okay, all right, all right. [Jason laughs] Yeah, so, nothing to mess around with. This is sanitation of
last resort for sure. This is very liquidy. I don’t know… We’ll see.
>>Really?>>Yeah, I mean it’s pouring straight… You know, oh no, I guess
it’s enough of a gel.>>I mean you could
always play with the mix, but the problem is if you
get too much aloe vera and not enough alcohol, it’s not going to be effective enough. If you get too much alcohol, it’ll start evaporating and
won’t be effective enough.>>Yeah, but at this
point, we’re pretty sure that we are over that 70% threshold. So I guess I’ll just try it.>>You going to self-apply?>>Yeah.>>Are you going to test
our experiment on yourself? [Brian laughs]
Irresponsible science!>>All right, here we go. So my question… I wonder if it’s going to … How long it takes to dry
compared to regular old–>>How does it feel, does it feel good?>>It actually does. Yeah, I’ve got to admit, I thought that this was
going to stink and be nasty, but I can’t smell anything. It takes very little time. I put a lot on my hands and in under 20 seconds, maybe 25 seconds, it’s already drying. And that aloe vera is making everything
feel kind of feel like baby soft smooth.>>Nice! Now keep in mind that this
is a last-ditch effort. This is not something that you should use to replace actually washing your hands.>>Right. And or, actual sanitizer
off the shelf, I mean, if you can get a hold of
it, then get a hold of it. But, I mean, these are weird
times we’re living in, man. [laughs] If you can’t get a hold of it, it seems like this’ll do
as well as anything else. When the crap really hits the fan, I’d be curious to know how
much money we would be saving by making our own versus the
price gouging versions of this.>>I would be curious
to see how much money we would be making…
[Brian laughs] by selling the homegrown version. Available now on my website. Go to www.I’mgonnagougeyour[bleep].com Phrasing. That sounded bad.>>Please don’t go there. Not safe for work, not
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>>All right. Do us a favor guys…>>I need to come up with a new URL. That one needs work, admittedly.>>All right, look. How do I turn you off? There we go, there we’ll do that. And then, you guys stay safe, wash your hands, be good,
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  • The “NSFW” link links to THIS VIDEO! What devilry is this?!

  • So apparently you’re not supposed to drink hand sanitizer. I wish I’d been told this before I drank a gallon

  • Booze is a sanitizer

  • For anyone interested the website at 9:28 links back to this video.

  • You needed to measure them separately to ensure you got the right ratio. Alcohol has small enough molecules that it fills in gaps in more complex molecules. Sort of similar to how if you take a cup of water and a cup of sugar and mix them together you don't have two cups of solution, you have something like a cup and half.

  • Jason missed the obvious creepy, 'It puts the lotion on the skin,' reference.

  • Also read the Washington Post article and thought it was really good!

  • With two thirds of 95 % alcohol shouldn’t it only be 0.67*0.95 = 0.64 = 64 % alcohol. At least that's over the recommended 60 % from the text but still under 70 %…

  • ill just make some moonshine

  • a 25L bottle of isopropyl alcohol is ££8 on ebay….

    it was £12 last week.

  • 0:01 guys, you need to be 2 meters from each other

  • If everclear 190 is 95% and you mix 2:1 with aloe… isn't that 63.33%? It's higher than the CDC recommendation but lower than the 70% threshold you guys referenced (which is, of course, the sweet spot). That being said, thank you for the video. I enjoyed it a lot

  • this episode is sponsored by Raycon
    Jason still uses Apple earbuds

  • 33% aloe vera
    66% everclear

    How do you figure your final mixture is over 70% alcohol?

  • Thanks for this video. I have made a video about how Eau de Cologne can be used as hand sanitiser.

  • brian needs a shave

  • I have returned using the link
    truly a work of true modern rogue.

  • Far as I can tell, the rumor was that vodka could sanitize your hands. And tito's saw an opportunity to get their name on every newspaper, and every talk show.

  • Dress pants robot man has evolved

  • I ran the numbers really quick, 1 part aloe to 2 parts (95%)ever clear will get you roughly 64% alcohol. Try one part aloe to 3 parts alcohol should get you about 71%.

  • Imagine them doing the Episode together and just getting Shitstormed for it

  • Are the ratios correct if they were aiming for 70% alcohol? 2/3 is less than 70% ignoring the fact that they started with 95%

  • be excellent to eachother

  • my alcoholic self thought the title was can you make booze from hand sanitizer

  • Meanwhile, Jason's body is sitting around his house with a featureless black mannequin head, smoking a cigar…

  • absolutely outstanding, The website takes you straight to this video.

  • Jason really upgraded from the hand chip to a full cyborg body in 5 seconds.

  • Now to make toilet paper.

  • I live in Ohio and a brewery called brew-dog that lets you bring your dog cause they have a big park out-front, has started making hand sanitizer and they are selling it.

  • I love what you guys did. I searched up and it brought me to here. You guys are the best

  • So have they traced the virus to the secret lair of TMZCobra yet?

  • Honestly expected Jason's face to reappear on the screen after Brian switched him off with a cry of "Bazinga!".

  • Next step: start manufacturing soap.

    Next next step: Project Mayhem.

  • « And at this point we’re pretty sure that we’re over that 70% threshold »


  • 10 cups of 150 proof moonshine + 1 mouth =
    No problems

  • @9:28 Lol when jason said his NSFW fake website nearly made me spit my drink out from laughing. XD

  • Does Brian look a lot thinner than a few videos ago

  • next up: how to make your own alcohol at home

  • I want everyone to have (and use) hand sanitizer, not just me.

  • The coronavirus is an enveloped virus, that means it has a lipid cell wall. Soap works better because it's a solvent for lipids, it not only kills the virus, but it actually binds the virus which means when you wash your hands it's pulling the pathogen off your hands.

    Alcohol does kill viruses as well, but it takes longer and doesn't bind the virus which means you could potentially still get infected.

    Hand sanitizer is better than nothing, but washing is best.

  • Isn't gauging for necessary items during a crisis illegal? #thankyouchina

  • Too bad you can’t buy everclear anywhere anymore my state has been out for 3 weeks now I just want it to drink……..

  • Wait. Why isn’t Jason wearing Raycons?

  • Unfortunately you guys created a hand sanitizer that's below 70% so not exactly ideal for the viral membrane. I keep it simple and use everclear and distilled water in spray form. 80ml of everclear per 15ml of distilled water in that ratio so 160/30, 240/45, etc.

  • I'm allergic to Aloe Vera. What can replace that gel?

  • "What to do when there is no TP" would be a great and timely video if not video series. Please? Examples: How to make TP; What to use instead of TP; Interview with a real global TP conspirator; Are grocery store managers getting kickbacks so that TP never makes it to the shelves at all? TP trade for fun and profit; Why are nothing but lies being spouted from journalists, TP makers, and government officials about this, that everything is fine? Everything is not fine when I go to buy some TP, am I just imagining it? etc. Sorry for being off topic, but I didnt know how to ask The Rogues.

  • Finally someone that can do simple math, I've seen other videos saying to mix as much as say 1 cup alovera to 1 cup 70% alcohol thinking they still have the same 70% alcohol they started with. Thank you ! For myself since I'm stuck at home I'll just wash my hands and drink the alcohol, the Ethel of course, don't drink the isopropyl people

  • Jason’s been working out!

  • "Yes, eventually everybody gets sick, when using the social distancing etc." So with a 1.0% death rate, the implication with everybody getting it, is that there is going to be on average a 1% death of all humans globally. That's ~8 million deaths from this thing alone. Then after that, we can back to global warming….

  • I'm so disappointed. No one noticed my Mexican beer chalkboard joke 🙁
    – Modern Rogue Editor

  • My sister in law heard today at the grocery store that you can catch the Coronavirus from farts, but if you wear pants then the virus shouldn't be able to get through. Lmao

  • Real hand sanitizer actually uses a gelling agent called carbomer or carbopol, which is a polyacrylic acid, similar to the stuff you find inside diapers. Along with humectants (glycerin/glycerol) and emulsifiers (triethanolamine). They might also add odorants and aloe and a pH neutralizer if the pH changes.

  • If you want 70% alcohol, I don't think you put enough. You had a 2 to 1 ratio, at best you had 66% alcohol. Actually a little less, since everclear is 95% alcohol, not 100%

  • where do you get a big bottle of everclear 190 proof like that?

  • I know they talk about the burning hand sanitizer as if it's a bug in this episode, but it can actually be a very useful feature. I've used hand sanitizer as a replacement for sterno fuel in the past and it works wonders! I put a glob inside a small ceramic bowl and placed it under some food (that had already been cooked) that I needed to keep warm for food service and it gave me a solid 45 minutes of use. A full sterno container of about the same size will give you close to six hours, sure, but we're talking about worst-case scenarios. You can get a really good flame that's good for keeping food warm, and maybe even cooking (with no contact to the flame, mind you) if all you have is hand sanitizer. Of course, the Everclear by itself would be useful for cooking, I imagine.

  • Jason went full cyborg in between two episodes

  • we know Everclear will do it, but what about gasoline?

  • Washington post doesn’t say that everyone is going to get it

  • That recipe has become widely known now, which is leading to Aloe Vera gel being sold out. Alternatively, you can use Vegetable Glycerin instead of the aloe gel. Dirt cheap and widely available in pharmacies and online. If you can't find Everclear, you can also just use isopropyl alcohol.

  • You guys should do that experiment by for trade in your water put grounded try calling real fine powder

  • Alaskans please give good village booze recipes maby make your video maby not this is a good place to be anonymous😳🤒 just a good ole village hooch

  • Melissa may love Raycons, but she's still the only one who'll walk across a wire for me.

  • 8:02 There is no way you are over 70% threshold. You have 2/3 of Everclear in the mixture, that's only 66,6%. If your Everclear is 95% alcohol that gives you 63,3% of alcohol in your mixture.
    Of course, it will do the job just fine, but to be strict you are definitely not over 70% threshold.

  • I literally have a batch of FFV on for this purpose….and for drinks…don't need that much sanitizer haha

  • I can't explain how much I appreciate the fact that Jason looked off to the side rather than at the lens the entire time so it actually looked like he was looking at Brian

  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Scientists prove beyond doubt the best cure for COVID-19 pandemic, is COMMON SENSE!
    FYI: WOODS 100 RUM IS 70% vol and makes a pretty effective hand and mouth sanitiser and makes for a refreshing beverage over ice! 🤣
    Tip: Add half a teaspoon of Glycol to a 100ml bottle of Woods rum and shake, the glycol prevents your hands drying out from the higher alcohol.

  • Isn't it 95% alcohol not 70%

    Never before, did anyone ask such an upsetting question!!

  • 1 cup of 95% alcohol and half cup of Aloe gel wouldnt that make only 48% or so hand sanitizer?

  • Brian, did you lose weight? You look great.

  • One good rule is to stay between 60 and 70% alcohol, not more! 99% alcohol is like trying to bake a cake with the oven set to 550F, it will burn the exterior but the inside is gonna be still uncooked 🙂

  • Fyi the social distancing program will not work it would take 16 months to work in complete isolation

  • jason not wearing raycon earbuds in the call…

  • Having Jason on a tablet screen instead of live makes it seem like he is some sort of super busy scientist bioengineer (not that he isn't already).

  • Long story short; no.

  • No. You can’t.

  • @8:06 you made a 63.33% sanitizer. you are not over the 70%.

  • You cant buy everclear that strong in alot of places

  • 8:11 – Actually, many scientists have tested things on themselves, it's kind of a tradition.

  • A couple of distilleries here in KC are using their equipment to make hand sanitizer.

    Yay science!

  • Finally, a coworker you can turn off!

  • If you get edible aloe gel, you probably could drink this. Don't, though.

  • 60% – 70% is ideal.

  • making some spirits today to turn into Hand Sanitizer …..hope i dont drink too much …. 😉

  • Jason really do be lookin' ripped

  • I read the title can you make booze from alcohol

  • The whole basis for this flatten the curve bs is that you don't get the virus a second time. Which you can do. You don't just evict the virus and never let it in again, you can recatch it.

  • 2 cups everclear @ 95% abv
    1 cup aloe vera @ 0% abv
    You're down to 63.3% abv, which is below the 70% threshold you were aiming for. You want .7 cups of aloe vera max.

    WHO says ethanol (e.g. everclear), hydrogen peroxide (kills bacteria introduced in the production process), glycerol (retain moisture). Looks like they're aiming for 90% abv.

  • i looked up and it directed me to this video lmfao

  • Because I am a dumbass, I went to and uhhhh it opens this video lmao

  • I stayed my ass at home all weekend. Im essential staff somewhere.
    When I get off shift.
    I disrobe in the garage Lysol my shoes and identification then leave my clothes outside for uv
    Then sanitize wash.

  • brothers raycon suck anrog has 10hrs playtime.. and it's like $35 with call function.. and the power banks lasts all 7 days for me.. I use is during my 10hour shifts.. and it will probably go up to 11hrs..

  • remember ur crazy ass hair? lol good times

  • mabey im stupid but the everclear is %97 or something alcohol then you put a 2:1 ratio so even if the everclear was %100 then it is still only %66.6666666666666666666666666666666666 alcohol, and it needs to be %70

  • I'll continue drinking the booze and just wash my hands….thx.

  • If you go to “imgonnagaugeyoura**.com” it actually takes you to TMR web sight!

  • I like it how they advertise earbuds yet he is using another brand in his video chat

  • That shirt is awesome

  • Jason looks so muscular in this video.

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