Did you notice that most of the hand sanitizer during the height of the COVID pandemic smelled a lot like vodka? That’s because . . . it was. Many companies, from plastic sheeting to make barriers and face shields, to upholstery companies making face masks, to alcoholic beverage companies making hand sanitizer, rallied to help in the cause. Many were even supported by their state governments. In Ohio alone, thousands of manufacturers were contacted to participate, and those who joined the team were able to offer their PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) products to retailers, hospitals and the public on a state supported website exchange. Many small and temporary cottage industries were born. Though when it came to making hand sanitizer — quality was not necessarily job one. Breweries to distilleries rallied to turn their alcohol producing equipment into hand sanitizer production and fillers. Though this product is actually regulated by the FDA as an over-the-counter (non-prescription) drug, during the height of the pandemic the FDA allowed for more laxed temporary guidelines in the manufacture of hand sanitizers to keep up with demand. However, effective December 31, 2021, those companies manufacturing alcohol-based hand sanitizers under the temporary policies were required to cease production.