I have a confession to make: I love alcohol! I always have a bottle of vodka at home. It's not what you think, though. I'm not a big drinker, although I really enjoy a glass of Pimm's. What's a bottle of vodka doing in my kitchen then, you ask?
Alcohol is the best natural disinfectant, cleaner and solvent. It's safe and non-toxic. I use it all the time around the home. Although you could use rubbing alcohol or surgical spirit, that is a chemically synthesised product which is denatured with bitter compounds. It's also mostly made out of isopropyl alcohol, which is manufactured from propene - a petrochemical derivative. Rubbing alcohol is oxidised by the liver into acetone. Not good.
I prefer using pure grain alcohol like vodka, which is around 40% alcohol - more than enough to do the job. Grain alcohol is clean, clear, safe and neutral. Take an empty spray bottle, fill it up with booze and off you go! Optionally, add a few drops of lemon, orange or lime essential oil - these citrus fruits are all great natural degreasers and disinfectants.
Try your new natural alcohol-based cleaner around the home:
- Bathroom: Wipe the bathroom mirror, disinfect your toothbrush, clean the toilet bowl. Add 1/2 cap of vodka to a glass of water with a few drops of essential oil, and you have mouthwash!
- Bedroom: Freshen up the air. Sanitise your jewellery, tweezers and other beauty tools.
- Living room: Clean all those remote controls - spray a light mist of alcohol on a piece of kitchen towel and wipe those buttons and the spaces between them clean. You know you need to.
- Kitchen: Remove water spots from stainless steel surfaces and rubbish bins. Disinfect chopping boards. Banish food stains from the fridge.
- Hallway: Get rid of stubborn stains and unidentified muck on your tiles.
Remember: Do not spray alcohol and essential oils on or near babies, children, pets and varnished surfaces.
After all that hard work, you deserve a drink! Here are a few good organic cocktail recipes from Care2 and Cosmo. You're welcome!
I'd love to hear what you think. Do you have any other tips for using alcohol around the home? Let me know by commenting below. Cheerio!