How many bottles of liquor do you have stowed away? Though it is often thought of as a source of entertainment, it can also be a prepper’s best friend. The ideal alcohol to keep on hand is the extremely strong, 180 proof Everclear. However, if you live in one of the ten states or the one U.S. city where Everclear is illegal, you can substitute with an inexpensive Vodka that is 70 proof or higher. The higher proof the alcohol is, the more effective it will be. It should be stored upright, in an unopened glass bottle that is located in a cold dark place. Consider the next 25 ideas for using alcohol as a part of your prepping plan.
- Start a Fire
A fire provides the foundational need for warmth, preparation of food, and sanitation. It can be ignited easily by soaking fabric in liquor or any other alcohol based solution, such as, hand sanitizer, isopropyl alcohol, or alcohol based cosmetic products.
- Keep Away the Bugs
Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they also carry many diseases. When your insect repellant runs out, you can create your own solution by mixing 10% of Lemon Eucalyptus oil with 90% Vodka. Pour into a spray bottle and spritz those little critters away.
- Soothe an Itchy Bug Bite
If you forget the bug repellent, No problem! Dab a little Vodka and say goodbye to the itch.
- Kiss that Poison Rash Good-Bye
Poison ivy can be bothersome, dangerous, and deadly in some cases. A little Vodka dabbed upon the rash will dry it out and eventually cause the rash to disappear.
- Disinfect Medical Supplies
In an emergency situation, it is important that all tools used in first aid treatment are clean. In a pinch, alcohol can serve as the perfect disinfectant.
- Clean a Wound
When injury occurs, disinfecting wounds are a top priority. Alcohol functions as a disinfectant for wounds and for cleaning the surface of the skin prior to receiving first aid treatment.
- Pain Reliever in a Pinch
First aid treatment can be tremendously painful, but a little bit of alcohol can take the edge off.
- Calm a Toothache
In cases of short term tooth or mouth pain, this pseudo- analgesic can give instantaneous relief. Just soak a cotton ball in vodka and apply to painful areas.
- Makeshift Mouth Rinse
In addition to relieving mouth pain, alcohol can also help prevent bacterial growth in the mouth by rinse the mouth for 30 seconds daily.
- Deodorant Substitute
Alcohol has natural deodorizing effect, as it dries up moisture. This property reduces bacterial growth and prevents odor.
- Ease Those Aching Muscles
When your muscles are tired and achy, sometimes a little relaxation is all you need. One shot of liquor can relax the muscles and release tension.
- Eliminate Foul Odors and Bacteria
Some odors are unpleasant and others can be a warning sign of bacteria growth. Alcohol is an outstanding odor remover from furniture, clothing, and smelly shoes. In the event that bacteria growth is present, it will wipe that out as well.
- Get Rid of Mold
We all know that mold thrives on moisture. Some types of mold can be dangerous to health and must be dealt with accordingly. For the safety of your family, kill mold quickly by drying it up with an application of liquor.
- Stop a Cold In Its Tracks
When you feel a cold starting to invade your immune system, look to liquor to create a cough suppressant. Currently, many retail brand cough medications contain up to 10% alcohol. Additionally, alcohol has been known to reduce fever. Apply liberally to chest and back and allow the vodka to air dry.
- Soothe a Sore Throat
If you have a persistent cough, a cup of warm Hotty Totty Tea can be used to dry up mucous, sooth and numb an aching throat.
- Sanitize Work Surfaces
Cleaning and sterilizing surfaces is important in any situation. When your favorite household cleaner isn’t available, you can spray the surface down with a spritz of vodka and wait for it to air dry.
- Calm the Jitters
In an emergency situation, it is normal to develop symptoms of stress and anxiety. In this case, a small shot of liquor can be the perfect remedy to calm the nerves. However, make sure not to overdo it. Consuming too much alcohol can have the reverse effects.
- Get a Good Night’s Rest
In the same way, a shot of liquor can help combat sleeplessness. Alcohol induced sleep typically skips the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep.
- Defeat Athlete’s Foot
If athlete’s foot plagues your family, you can turn to liquor as a fungus fighter. Apply liberally to effected areas.
- Light a Camp Stove
For lighting your camping stove, you are going to need to pull out the hard stuff. A strong 100 proof vodka is perfect for igniting the fire.
- Stop an Intruder
In the unfortunate event that you face an unwanted intruder, you can sacrifice the contents of the liquor bottle and break the glass for use as a weapon.
- Clean Your Firearm
In the event that you have a gun in the home to protect your family, you can use vodka for routine gun cleaning.
- Quick Pick-Me-Up
When everything seems to be getting you down, a few shots of liquor could be just the morale boost everyone needs. However, overuse could cause undesirable effects.
- Barter For What You Need
The number one benefit of have liquor on-hand in an apocalyptic emergency is for bartering. In an emergency, this multi-purpose substance will be in high demand for its many qualities.
- DIY Ice Pack
Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) can also be substituted for liquor in some of the above-mentioned scenarios, with the exception of those that require ingested. If consumed, Isopropyl alcohol can be deadly. Isopropyl alcohol has one important use that ingestible (ethanol) liquor does not. A handmade ice pack can be created by mixing one part isopropyl alcohol with two parts water in a plastic zip-closure bag and freezing.
Alcohol is versatile in its uses and should be considered as an addition to your emergency storage. Many of the uses of alcohol listed either require consumption or used internally. It is always important to use alcohol with caution and consult a physician to make sure it is not contraindicated with any medications or health issues that you may have. Isopropyl alcohol should not be ingested under any circumstance. Be mindful of the high flammability and dangers of alcohol by keeping it away from fire hazards and children.
What are some other ways you can use alcohol in a survival situation? Share your tips in the comments!