NP&L and Mountain Spirit Distilling Wrapping Up Sanitizer Project

Emmett Smith, Founder & CEO


Pictured: Aaron Hardy of the Massena Fire Department

NP&L would like to thank everyone who contributed to our effort to produce and distribute hand sanitizer in response to critical shortages due to Covid 19. In late March, NP&L teamed up with Mountain Spirit Distilling in Plattsburgh to produce a locally made product following a World Health Organization recipe. We distributed thousands of bottles of free sanitizer to medical and emergency staff, as well as dozens of essential businesses throughout the region. We are proud to have played a small part in fighting the spread of Covid 19, with about 500,000 hand cleanings!

We are still accepting last requests from essential workers, and our product will continue to be available for a limited time at the Potsdam Food Co-Op and Village Mercantile in Saranac Lake. The remaining stock of bottles is being donated to ADK Action to include in their Emergency Food Packages of local produce for families in need.

Emergency Food Packages

One great way our community can help those in urgent need as a result of COVID-19, is by contributing to AdkAction's Emergency Food Package initiative. A $55 donation funds an entire package containing one week's worth of healthy meals for local families.

Adk Action staff
Adk Action staff and volunteers packing emergency food packages

Still Need Hand Sanitizer?

If you are still looking for hand sanitizer, we’ve compiled a short list of local sources below.

Free Sanitizer for Qualifying Organizations:

NY-Clean sanitizer made in NYS Prisons in being distributed free to emergency services, small businesses, and essential workers through local governments. Contact your County representatives or Chamber of Commerce to find a local distributor. Those working in agriculture and food production in the Tri-Lakes can pick it up at Moonstone Farm in Saranac Lake.

Beak & Skiff Orchards, Lafayette, NY, (makers of 1911 hard apple cider) is donating hand sanitizer to medical staff and first responders.

Purchase from Local Producers

Make Your Own!

The World Health Organization recipe that we used to make our product is easy to follow, and can be made using either isopropyl alcohol or high-proof ethanol. Some local liquor stores, including High Peaks Wine & Spirits in Saranac Lake, have begun stocking 190 proof grain neutral spirits for this purpose.