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Carmel Street Department making hand sanitizer, sharing with local businesses

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — The Carmel Street Department is making its own hand sanitizer and is ready to share it with locally-owned businesses across the city.

It started with the shortage of hand sanitizer on store shelves and the initiative of the street maintenance team, according to city leaders. The team began making its own hand sanitizer with three ingredients (isopropyl alcohol, aloe and fragrance oil) and their drill as a mixer. City leaders say the goal at first was to supply their own staff and save taxpayer dollars, but they’ve made enough to begin sharing with locally owned small businesses.

As with any new endeavor, the team needed some help perfecting the product. They say the first batches in April were too runny and after taking some advice from a local restaurant owner, they mixed in a food additive to thicken it up. Employees Eric Russell, Talia Ariens and Shelby Hobbs also designed a logo and the label “Street Juice.”

Any local business wanting a bottle of Street Juice can contact the Carmel Street Department at 317-773-2001.

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