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Is vodka safe to use on cuts and scrapes as a disinfectant when hydrogen peroxide is not available?

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January 23, 2008 3:39PM

Vodka should make a good disinfectant, and the higher the proof the better. This is similar to using rubbing alcohol to disinfect wounds. Be aware, however, that alcohol dries out the skin more than peroxide and can irritate wounds. Also, use plain vodka - save the flavored ones for drinking.