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vodka or rubbing alcohol?

Discussion in 'E-Cigarette Maintenance' started by dezyner, Dec 30, 2012.

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  1. 440BB

    440BB Vaping Master ECF Veteran Verified Member

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    Apr 19, 2011
    The Motor City
    I use rubbing alcohol on everything that's not filler based as my first step in cleaning and it dissolves gunk well. I always follow with a thorough hot tap water rinse, and have had no issues.
  2. ZTKT

    ZTKT Full Member Verified Member

    May 8, 2013
    United States
    Great info!
    I'll be looking for Isopropyl Alcohol from here on out!
  3. Hoggy

    Hoggy Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 6, 2013
    WI, USA
    Same here. I got a big bottle of Everclear: $20. Big bottle of IPA: $1 - or $2 for the 91%.

    It's also not good for some people to have drinkable alcohol around, including myself. I quit drinking ~May 2012, and even as I type this I think "Hmm, how about I just take a swig of the Everclear?" - or, "I have some lemonade right now I could mix a shot in". Maybe I better stop thinking about this. :blush: Just like trying to quit analogs, all it takes is one to fall back down the rabbit hole. I think we all know about that!
    However, this DIY stuff really IS fun - it's now a hobby.

    Plus, I saw another post stating that the LD50 of IPA concentration is actually HIGHER than ethanol (i.e. it takes more).
    After this bottle of Everclear is finally gone and out of sight, out of mind - it's IPA for me. I wash them out with water afterwards anyways and let them thoroughly dry.
  4. Suss

    Suss Full Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    Boston, Ma, USA
    Two words: Kitty Dukakis :blink:
    (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

    But really, why take a chance on inhaling IPA???
  5. EdHarley

    EdHarley Full Member

    Aug 1, 2013
    Mesa, Arizona, USA
    I only saw one reference to damaging tanks with high proof booze. Will Everclear or 100proof bourbon damage my Evods, iClears or ProTanks? I was considering 101proof Turkey for the job. One for the ProTank, one for me!
  6. K_Tech

    K_Tech Slightly mad but harmless ECF Veteran Verified Member

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    Sep 11, 2013
    Eastern Ohio, USA
    Well, I've been using (cheap) 100 proof vodka for the last month with no apparent ill effect on about 12 different tanks from different manufacturers, so that's a good sign for me.
  7. Lukas`

    Lukas` Full Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Saskatoon, SK, Canada
    I just go check out local pharmacies, and have been able to buy bottles of 99% Isopropynol. Basically almost pure rubbing alcohol. Evaporates quickly, doesn't leave a residue behind if you let it sit for even a reasonable length of time to dry. I'm careful regarding plastics, but its absolutely fine for metal and glass. If you cant find it easily, make sure to track down a compounding pharmacy. They generally have a wider variety of things, or are more able/willing to order.
  8. MR. Mad

    MR. Mad Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 16, 2013
    after reading this i guess i am a bit of a nut with the way i clean my tanks
    put in boiling water then a soak in vodka if dry burning
    rinse with water
    then wipe it down alcohol pad
  9. Ohms Lawbreaker

    Ohms Lawbreaker Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 18, 2014
    Right Behind You
    Iso. Just let it dry completely. Aye, there's the rub. ;)
  10. jwoode

    jwoode Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 19, 2014
    East Coast
    so.. do you disassemble the coils then soak them?

    and I wonder if anyone ever swallowed a coil soaking in a shot glass.
  11. railfan844

    railfan844 Full Member Verified Member

    I would go for rubbing alcohol, just make sure you get the 99% and not the 70%. Still I have a feeling even the 70% would be better than vodka because the alcohol / ethanol concentration in vodka is so low compared to Isopropyl.
  12. Katya

    Katya ECF Guru ECF Veteran Verified Member

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    Feb 23, 2010
    99% Iso is very hard to get--it's sold mostly on line and is VERY flammable. Proceed with caution.

    PGA is the best--non-toxic and very effective.

    91% isopropyl (AKA rubbing alcohol) is very good--but needs to dry completely or be rinsed off thoroughly.

    Cheap strong vodka works too.

    Denture cleaning tablets are excellent. :)
  13. Katya

    Katya ECF Guru ECF Veteran Verified Member

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    Feb 23, 2010
    Good but not great. Rubbing alcohol is not the same as denatured alcohol. The term "rubbing alcohol" has become a general non-specific term for either isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol) or ethyl alcohol (ethanol) rubbing-alcohol products.

    Mostlyclassic's post--edited:

    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 denatured 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!
  14. kimran73

    kimran73 Senior Member ECF Veteran Verified Member

    Thank you all for the advice. I'd heard about using vodka to clean but as a recovering alcoholic really didn't want to purchase even a very small bottle, but water just wasn't doing the cleaning job very well. I will try the "rubbing" alcohol just making sure to rinse well.
  15. Katya

    Katya ECF Guru ECF Veteran Verified Member

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    Feb 23, 2010
    Try denture cleaning tablets--no alcohol whatsoever and just as effective. Choose an unflavored variety, though--unless you really like mint. :D
  16. sandhillcrane

    sandhillcrane Full Member

    Jul 21, 2012
    I use white vinegar. It works great!:p
  17. gamebeatter

    gamebeatter Full Member Verified Member

    Feb 14, 2014
    St Louis MO
    Hate to thread jack but would Rubbing alcohol on a cotton swap be a good way to clean thread on my mods?
  18. K_Tech

    K_Tech Slightly mad but harmless ECF Veteran Verified Member

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    Sep 11, 2013
    Eastern Ohio, USA
    Yes, it's actually what most recommend. It's probably a good idea to do that to a newly purchased mod to get any leftover machine oil/grit off the threads.
  19. planes

    planes Super Member ECF Veteran Verified Member

    Nov 11, 2013
    They use rubbing alchohol or isopropyl same thing at Macy's to wipe the lipstick between customer uses so it must be ok since the health department would be on them fast. So I use it on my mods and tanks.
  20. Katya

    Katya ECF Guru ECF Veteran Verified Member

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    Feb 23, 2010
    I'd be careful with vinegar--acid and electronics don't play well together. Why take a chance?
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