There are several natural cleaning recipes that include vodka and some homeowners swear by it as an effective cleaning agent. Let’s look into why people are choosing vodka to clean with and how it compares to isopropyl alcohol.

Is vodka the same as isopropyl alcohol?

Isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) is different from vodka (also known as ethyl alcohol or ethanol) because it is toxic and cannot be consumed. The kind of isopropyl alcohol you can buy in any grocery or drug store is 70% isopropyl alcohol by volume (ABV) and 30% water. It is a potent antiseptic, a substance that inhibits the growth of germs, especially in or on living tissue. Vodka can range from 35 to 95% ABV but the most common is 40%. In the US, the proof is twice the ethyl alcohol by volume number, so 40% ABV is 80 proof.

isopropyl alcohol and vodka

Can I use vodka instead of isopropyl alcohol?

If you’re asking if you can use vodka in place of rubbing alcohol for cleaning, you’ll be pleased to find out that it’s possible. Both isopropyl alcohol and vodka are solvents that can mix with water. Their applications and properties are similar in many ways: 

  • Both isopropyl alcohol and vodka are good grease cutters. Isopropyl alcohol is often used in commercial glass cleaners to help cut greasy soils and keep them from freezing in cold weather. 
  • Both are known to be effective at killing germs, mold, and mildew. Dirt can inactivate the sanitizing effect of both isopropyl alcohol and vodka, so the solid surface area you want to sanitize should be cleaned of dirt first, then let the isopropyl alcohol or vodka dwell on the surface until it dries. 
  • Both are effective on grass stains, vomit, indelible pencil, some inks, and a number of dye stains. 
  • Both are flammable and should be kept out of reach of children.

What is the difference between vodka and isopropyl alcohol?

For best results, look for isopropyl alcohol without dyes or perfumes. Isopropyl alcohol has a strong odor and should be used in a well-ventilated area. Since isopropyl alcohol is toxic to consume, it should be used on non-food surfaces. 

On the other hand, the scent of vodka is less noticeable than that of isopropyl alcohol and it can be used in food preparation areas. Vodka is, however, much more expensive than isopropyl alcohol and not as accessible for purchase.

So, if you are going to clean with vodka or use it in a natural home recipe, choose a cheap bottle of at least 80 proof.

Marble or Granite

Is vodka safe for granite and marble?

Yes, vodka can be a great option for cleaning marble and granite surfaces. If you’re wondering how to make granite shine naturally, this is the recipe to use:

  • ½ cup vodka
  • 1 cup of water
  • 10 drops of essential oil

Mix and store in a spray bottle. Spray your shower or tub daily after bathing. No rinsing is required. This cleaner won’t keep your shower or tub clean over the long run, but it will make it easier to clean by keeping the soap scum at bay.

Where can I find dependable house cleaners?

Castle Keepers is a go-to provider of house cleaning services, with years of experience and many successful cleans under its belt. Our team consists of carefully vetted, background checked, insured, and bonded cleaners. They’re also trained to use the best, most effective methods to perform a range of tasks, like eliminating stains from your toilet, dusting your home thoroughly, getting your floors in great shape, and neutralizing the smell of cat urine

With us by your side, you’ll have nothing to worry about. From effortless scheduling to meticulous cleaning, we have you covered. You won’t even have to go through the hassle of shopping for cleaning supplies yourself – our crew will bring their own supplies. They are natural and non-toxic, which guarantees safety for your family and pets. This is to ensure your protection, convenience, and peace of mind. Call us today!

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