See how our favourite tipple gin is helping in the fight against the Coronavirus

58 Gin Distillery saves charity event with hand ‘Gin-itizer’

While the country continues to see events and large gatherings postponed due to the dreaded Covid-19, this is a happy story of how gin is helping save the day for one charitable event.

True story – Hackney-based 58 Gin Distillery prevented a charity event from being cancelled this week with the creation of ‘Gin-itizer’.

Quite simply they have made a gin hand sanitiser, handcrafted with gin and botanicals, including aloe vera. It is blended with high-strength distillate, as are off the shelf products.

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Gin hand sanitiser to the rescue

Mental health charity The Benevolent, were due to cancel a 450-strong event taking place on Thursday 12th March, at The Natural History Museum, due to being unable to source enough hand sanitiser for the venue.

Until the bold gin distillery stepped in with its ingenious gin hand sanitiser solution...

58 gin hand gin-tizer in black colour

(Image credit: 58 Gin Distillery)

The antibacterial 58 Gin Hand Gin-itizer is handcrafted with botanicals including aloe vera.

Carmen O'Neal, managing director at 58 Gin Distillery explains, 'The Benevolent is an incredibly worthwhile charity for our industry. When we heard the event was struggling to source the hand sanitiser we thought we had just what they needed.'

Going on to say, ‘We distil 1000 litres of alcohol a week so we could afford to spare some to create a Hand Gin-itizer’. Cheers to it working towards a good cause.

It's a new one on us, using gin to sanitise our hands. Usually we'd enjoy this on-trend tipple over ice in a stylish tumbler. but given the currently climate, we'll happily adapt.

tap with sink and handwash bottle

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

At this point we all need to play our part in preventing the spread of the virus. One of the Governments standard infection control precautions to is ‘to include careful attention to hand hygiene.’

All hand sanitisers work by killing germs. However, because sanitiser doesn’t actually wash the germs away, hot water and soap still remains the best defence against spreading bacteria and the virus.

Related: Aggie Mackenzie from 'How Clean is Your House' says you should do this to protect your home from coronavirus

The advice is to wash your hands for 20 seconds, as long as it takes you to sing Happy Birthday twice.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.