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Cleaning Smileomizers with rubbing alcohol

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  1. Scott McVap3r

    Scott McVap3r Full Member

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    Hi -

    I always see the recommendation to clean smileomizers with vodka.

    I have been using rubbing alcohol because it seems to be more cost efficient :2c:. It also has been working very well.

    Is there any reason why it is suggested to use vodka instead of this method?
     
  2. AmandaD

    AmandaD Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I'm assuming 'smileomizer's are a form of clearomizers? LOL

    You don't use rubbing alcohol because it's hard to get the taste out properly - you wouldn't drink it, after all. I use either dental tablets (for cleaning dentures) or vodka, and rinse afterwards. Also, I may be wrong, but I think rubbing alcohol is harder on gaskets and plastic.

    I just Googled to see what they are - maybe a sort of carto? If so, don't use dental cleaner either - just vodka imo!
     
  3. Scott McVap3r

    Scott McVap3r Full Member

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    I'm still not sure why just vodka. I have had no trouble with taste as I do a full 24-hour rinse with water afterwards. Also, there are no plastic components and I found no degradation of the product in the few times I have done this.

    The only logical reason for me would be the possible contaminants being inhaled by residuals? But I don't know...
     
  4. AmandaD

    AmandaD Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I think it's potentially pretty dangerous. It used to be that homeless people drank rubbing alcohol as a cheap form of alcohol and had all sorts of fatalities - and blindness. I would't do it, most particularly with something that has filler material. As an example of why it's bad:

    What Are the Dangers of Inhaling Rubbing Alcohol? | eHow
     
  5. Scott McVap3r

    Scott McVap3r Full Member

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    Right on. I actually just read that article before I saw your post :) Guess its a CHEAP vodka bath from here on out.
     
  6. AmandaD

    AmandaD Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Yeah, when I use vodka I use the really cheap stuff! You can also use Everclear - but that was more expensive than cheap vodka in my local store!
     
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    spacekitty Krazee Kat Laydee & Guru-X2.5 Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    There are other ingredients in Rubbing alcohol that could cause problems, too... which is why they suggest using PGA (pure grain alcohol) or something like Everclear/Vodka. But I have been using the 91% Isopropyl alcohol to clean my attys and clearos for over 3 yrs. now without any problems...

    After soaking them, I rinse them in HOT water, and then let them air-dry overnight... :)



    (btw, they don't sell Everclear here in CA... and why waste good Vodka??)
     
  8. Scott McVap3r

    Scott McVap3r Full Member

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    Ah, that is why I will not be wasting GOOD vodka. No Grey Goose for this chore.

    By the way, after more research, I have read that Ethyl based rubbing alcohol is safer than the Isopropyl base. Just for your consideration.
     
  9. spacekitty

    spacekitty Krazee Kat Laydee & Guru-X2.5 Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I'll have to check into the ethyl based stuff... Thanks!!
    But the 91% Isopropyl I use is NOT rubbing alcohol... which is only about 70%.
    You can usually find it in the drug store right next to the Rubbing alcohol, and it's a little more expensive... :)
     
  10. Morandir835

    Morandir835 Idiot Guru ECF Veteran

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    Scott sir the fumes from isopropyl alcohol can damage your lungs, no better reason than that on why you shouldn't use it. Ethyl alcohol is a different story, why people suggest using vodka or the like. Any high abv ethyl alcohol (70% and above) will evaporate quickly and is safe to use as it is to drink (in moderation).
     
  11. AmandaD

    AmandaD Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Actually, they do sell Everclear in So Cal (but it's not as strong as in other states) - I just saw it at Total Wine the other day. But it was more expensive than cheap vodka LOL
     
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