We enjoy a good de-stressing and tension-relieving moment when taking a sip or two of our favorite alcoholic drink. A glass of wine before hitting the sack even makes a good way to end the day and get a relaxing sleep. The same goes for a bottle of beer before jumping right off to bed. If you have been accustomed to this routine, just get on with it. They say occasional alcohol drinking is good for the health as it detoxifies the body of bad bacteria and gets the blood pumping.
But what we don’t actually know is that alcoholic drinks can have other useful purposes other than just for drinking during parties or at the comfort of your sofa. You will be amazed to find out that your favorite Captain Morgan or Grand Marnier is not just made to get you drunk at parties, but can serve a thing or two in your household whether as a disinfectant or a cleaner. Here is a list of the different uses of alcohol.
As a sterilizer
The strong, pungent smell of alcohol is as strong as its ability to kill bacteria. That is basically why it can act as a sterilizer for things like razor blades, surgical tools, kitchen worktops, butchery tools, even your hands and any other stuff that require disinfecting. Before pouring alcohol on what needs to be sterilized, make sure to clean it first and remove any residue or surface soil.
In sanitizing butchery equipment and surgical tools, completely eliminate any traces of protein residue first with cold water. The reason for this is that protein denatures at 45 degree Celsius, so when it solidifies, alcohol may not be able to properly penetrate and clean the equipment.
As an antiseptic
Well, it has been mentioned that alcohol kills bacteria, precisely why it also makes a good antiseptic. However, using alcohol to desensitize is only applicable and advisable on shallow or surface wounds, not on those that cut deep.
It does sting like that of an ethyl alcohol but it is a powerful antiseptic and you are better off struggling with the stinging sensation than risk not having the wound cleaned right away where bacteria may start to infect the affected part.
As a fire starter
You’d be surprised or maybe not to know that alcohol can be used to start fire, and when you do so, it catches fire fast and burns hot. Actually, the vapor component is responsible for igniting fire, not the liquid itself.
Just exercise extra caution when doing so, and do not attempt to make it a fire starter more frequently as it is only as an alternative use. Also, if you need to use it to start a fire, stand back and don’t stay too close to the vapor as it can give off a good and fiery whoosh.
As a cooking ingredient
This may not be new to us anymore, right? You’ve probably seen many instances of alcohol being used in cooking whether in cooking shows on TV or at the posh restaurant you’ve dined in.
Wine is also a favorite cooking ingredient in fancy restaurants. A little amount of wine can transform your dish into an interesting plate of palatable food and even literally lifts the spirits! Take your regular soup or gravy to a whole new dimension by adding a little wine to make the taste richer.
As an insect repellant
Well, if we normally use ethyl alcohol to ward off insect bites or at least minimize the itchiness, the same goes for your alcoholic drink. But this is only if you are short of medical supply. You can give it a try once to prove its efficacy, but not intentionally use it as an insect repellant.
As a mouthwash
Thanks to the bacteria-killing power of alcoholic drinks like your vodka, it can do almost anything that a regular antiseptic or disinfectant can do. You want an alternative to your regular mouthwash? Gargle on your favorite vodka for a cleaner and fresher breath. You have the option to swallow it afterwards or not.
As a cleaning agent
Vodka has more uses than most types of alcoholic drinks, and one of its uses is to clean household fixtures and even removal of molds. Simply spray vodka on the affected area like thriving molds in the bathroom or kitchen sink and leave it for a few minutes before wiping the area clean. You just got yourself an instant cleaning agent with no harsh chemicals involved. Isn’t that amazing?
Your appreciation for alcoholic drinks will go a long way after learning and applying its other useful ways. But of course, it is primarily use for drinking, so keep it that way, unless the situation calls for your favorite alcohol to be used in emergency purposes.