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    Rubbing alcohol is fine... But use a 90% or higher version, and make sure it is just Rubbing Alcohol and water, not with the added crap. Here is my justification for Running alcohol... It is used in hosipitals and such to clean the skin before an injection. Thus, it hits your blood stream directly, and we have all lived and moved on unharmed from those shots just fine. By the time you vape it, it will be gone, evaporated. And if it is not, then you are still fine. I use it to clean my stuff, and I am doing just fine.

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    Use everclear
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightbud404 View Post
    rubbing alcohol ...
    i use this sparingly and seems to work

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    ive also tried hot water and vinegar..

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    Everclear works fine for me.
    Cleans stuff pretty good too.

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    If you use anything containing isopropyl alcohol (IPA) make sure it is fully evaporated before you reassemble and use your equipment. IPA is more toxic to the liver because it can not be metabolised easily the way ethyl alcohol can be.

    In some countries "rubbing alcohol" is usually IPA, while in others it could be either IPA or ethyl alcohol (as in vodka). Cleaning wipes and electronic cleaning solvents are almost always IPA, sometimes with other chemicals as well (eg wetting agents)

    The risks from IPA are low in very small doses, and there is no residue so zero risk as long as it is fully evaporated. Those with liver problems of any type should probably be especially careful.
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    Folks, let's make sure of what we're talking about here:

    • BOOZE ALCOHOL: This is ethanol for drinking: vodka, Everclear or moonshine. Flavored or colored boozes will lend "interesting" flavors to whatever device we're cleaning. All, except the moonshine, involve paying heavy federal and state taxes.
    • ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL: Chemically, this is a different kind of alcohol that is poisonous to drink straight out of the bottle. But, if it's labelled "USP," it's safe for cleaning anything we'd insert in our mouths (drip-tips, attys, cartos, the relevant parts of Vivi Novas, Stardusts, RBAs, etc.) provided you let whatever you cleaned with it dry thoroughly!! The 91% concentration will kill anything that lives on God's green earth. It's also dirt cheap compared with booze alcohols (again, excepting moonshine).
    • RUBBING or DENATURED ALCOHOL: Chemically, rubbing alcohol is ethanol (i.e., booze alcohol) that's been denatured (which is a fancy word for "poisoned") so you can't drink it and thereby cheat the taxmen. Sometimes, it's only denatured with methanol, but many states require the addition of non-volatile poisons. Methanol will evaporate, but any other poisons added won't. Word to the wise: don't use rubbing alcohol!


    I've used isopropyl alcohol for almost every cleaning chore, when refurbishing pipes earlier on, and now for cleaning PV hardware, for over forty years without ill effect. Word to the wise: read the label.
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    I use IPA. I'd feel safer using vodka, but I'm a year (lol exactly a year, actually...happy birthday to me ) away from being able to legally purchase it, so...make do with what you've got. I've never gotten so much as a hint of anything other than my juice cleaning with IPA, and it works well enough.

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    Happy Birthday yesterday, Reaper0329!
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    Well thank you! I appreciate the well wishes.

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