Though not as concentrated as rubbing alcohol, vodka is a cheaper, safer and chemically free alternative to many household cleaners, soaps, etc. Here are a few uses for vodka and why you should incorporate it into your home.
Why use vodka as a cleaner?
Most house hold cleaners and many common cosmetics contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to the body and add to an already stressed immune system. These chemicals include:
1. Phthalates and Parabens
Found in: Many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, perfume, and toilet paper contain these chemicals. Even shampoo, body wash and conditioner contain phylates and parabens. Phthalates and parabens are known endocrine disruptors and potential carcinogens.
Found in: Most liquid dishwashing detergents, hand sanitizers and hand soaps labeled “antibacterial.” Triclosan is an effective bacteria killer, though chronic exposure may be harmful to humans. Even the EPA is concerned and currently investigating whether triclosandisrupts endocrine (hormonal) function or damages the liver.
Found in: Window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners. According to the EPA’s Web site, in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, at high levels glycol ethers used for cleaning can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage.
Found in: Polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewelry; also in glass cleaner. Chronic inhaling of ammonia has been shown to cause chronic bronchitis and asthma. Ammonia is also dangerous because it creates a toxic chlorine like gas when accidentally mixed with bleach.
As you can see, many of the products we use everyday can pose serious risks to our health when overused over one's life.
Note: This is also not an exhaustive list of chemicals that pose serious health risks - there are many others. We have chosen to only highlight a few for the sake of illustrating our point. This is why it's a good idea to use a healthier, safer alternative when you can.
According to Dr. Robert Cassar, vodka is about 40% alcohol and strong enough to safely kill most yeast, mold, bacteria and fungus (though not all), making it an incredibly safe alternative for many applications.
Here are a few uses for vodka you should try
USE FOR VODKA #1: FOOT AND SHOE CLEANER
Cracked heels, smelly shoes, and athlete's foot can be annoying problems. Instead of using products full of fungicides, try putting vodka into a spray bottle and spraying it directly into your shoes.
For cracked heels and athlete's foot, you can splash a little vodka directly onto the feet after getting out of the shower.
Use for Vodka #2: Glass AND SURFACE Cleaner
If you're dealing with raw meat or something likely to pose serious risks for spreading deadly bacteria, a chemical cleaner should probably be your go to. However, if simply wiping counters or dusting around the house, vodka is definitely the way to go.
What makes vodka so great is that it kills bacteria and drys streak-free like most commercial glass-cleaners. Simply spray vodka directly onto the surface you wish to clean and then wipe. No fumes, no headaches.
USE FOR VODKA #3: Mouthwash
Mouthwashes often contain petrochemicals, artificial colors, preservatives, and fluoride, which can be toxic when swallowed. Vodka may not taste spectacular, but it can help kill nasty bacteria living in our mouths.
Food grade hydrogen peroxide is also a good alternative for cheap mouthwashes.
Conclusion: Commericial cleaning products and cosmetics have their place and are a perfectly safe when used sparingly.
However, if you're interested in reducing your exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals as much as possible, vodka can be a cheap and safe alternative.
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