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vodka or rubbing alcohol?

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  1. dezyner

    dezyner Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 16, 2012
    United States
    best to clean equipment, vodka or rubbing alcohol? thinking I don't want to taste or "consume" the rubbing alcohol? as always, thanks in advance.
  2. mphsjeep

    mphsjeep Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 19, 2010
    Memphis TN
    I use rubbing alcohol on mods. PGA for attys.
  3. Edd Harbin

    Edd Harbin Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 2, 2012
    huntsville AL
    I use 120 proof moonshine :drool:
  4. Ken62

    Ken62 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 23, 2012
    Weatherford, Texas
    haha, I'm picturing - one for atomizer, one for me, one for tank, one for me, one for me,,,

  5. Fumaru

    Fumaru Full Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    I think I will keep my white lightning in either the freezer or my belly and use the pint of everclear I "confiscated"
    from my adult son!!
  6. Edd Harbin

    Edd Harbin Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 2, 2012
    huntsville AL
    But I can get the Moonshine anytime and don't cost nothing .
  7. Janusxvii

    Janusxvii Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 5, 2012
    This reminds me of a time not too long ago that I caught another vaper that I work with soaking his CE4 in denatured alcohol (the whole clearo was just sitting at the bottom of a cup). Needless to say that I had a little bit of a freak out moment... especially after he told me that is how he normally cleans them. I tried explaining that it is a horrible idea and that dirt cheap, no-name brand vodka works just fine.
  8. StereoDreamer

    StereoDreamer Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 13, 2012
    Columbia MD
    I use Everclear to clean drip tips, attys, cartos and the heads from my Vivi Novas, because it cleans AND sterilizes.

    If you are using regular vodka (40 proof) to clean your gear, it will clean the juice, dirt, oil and saliva off, but it will NOT kill bacteria or viruses. Seems like a pretty expensive cleaning solution to me, if it won't sterilize (which it won't).

    Regular 40 proof vodka will not sterilize equipment unless it is "overproof" (at least 100 proof).

    The rule with alcohol is, if it won't burn, it won't sterilize...
  9. derkafer

    derkafer Full Member Verified Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Chula Vista, CA
    Gotta get me some everclear... I was just using Vodka till now.
  10. lightbud404

    lightbud404 Serial Vapist Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 23, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
  11. SourGummies

    SourGummies Full Member Verified Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Hot water does the trick every time. I use alcohol for the terminals. My friends plastic on a clearomizer turned white from the alcohol
  12. lexpres61

    lexpres61 Full Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Lexington USA
    I took the advice of another poster and cleaned my clearomizers with rubbing alcohol. Empty the juice out. Fill tank with alcohol and shake. Let sit for 10 mins. Empty. Repeat until you feel it is clean enough. Then I rinse it out with hot water and let set overnight to dry.
    It worked great for me though I am switching fom clearomizers to a dual coil tank.
  13. NinjaNP

    NinjaNP Full Member Verified Member

    I wouldn't use rubbing alcohol simply because it's more toxic than ethanol (drinking alcohol) is. I use rubbing alcohol to clean the battery contacts and ethanol to clean the t3s I have.
  14. Berryeclaire

    Berryeclaire Full Member Verified Member

    Jan 17, 2013
  15. quantumcloud509

    quantumcloud509 Full Member

    Jan 22, 2013
    Spokane, WA
  16. RPadTV

    RPadTV Reviewer / Blogger Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2012
    Planet Awesome
    Rubbing alcohol is fine, but you have to rinse whatever you're washing/soaking very, very thoroughly. You don't have to be as thorough with vodka.
  17. Koman

    Koman Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jan 7, 2010
    I use vodka but any alcohol should do.

    EDGECRUSHER Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 2, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ
    I use denatured alcohol to clean my eGo batteries and both models of Vivi Nova. It's become a method I use and suitable to how I am with cleaning, you know? I take apart the entire tank, unscrew the atty head, and wet/dab dry/repeat until the wicks are as clean as they will get.
    The silica wicks clean easier than the bamboo ones, but by and large it's more practical to re-coil the bamboo ones after only one wet/dab session. It dries super fast, and in less than 30min ready to reassemble.
    The point is, though to each their own, I can't bring myself to use water. Ever.
  19. Bobee

    Bobee Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 6, 2013
    So I'm seeing alot of posts about everclear and moonshine, but what is the word on rubbing alcohol? No, no? I was just literally about to sit down and clean my tanks with it.

    Ignore this post, answered above. Thanks!
  20. bkt808

    bkt808 Full Member Verified Member

    Mar 7, 2013
    maui hawaii
    I use rubbing alcohol then let it air dry
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