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12 Ways to use Alcohol in Emergencies

Hard liquor and rubbing alcohol are great additions to any emergency kit. But before you stow them away in your kit, be sure you know how to use each ingredient.

1. Firestarter / accelerant

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First things first, in the event of an emergency you will need fire. Even if you live in South Texas and it is 101 degrees outside, you will still need fire to cook. Being prepared to make a fire, large or small, can be a life-saving skill. [Learn how to make the camping stove in the image above.]

2. Calm anxiety / Sleep aide

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We all know that drinking alcohol can calm your spirits. In times of an emergency, though, keep the intake to a minimum as you just may be happy you’ve left some in the bottom of the bottle for another handy trick.

3. Antiseptic for wounds

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If you find yourself with an abrasion or scratch, hard liquor can be very useful as an antiseptic. It wasn’t just in the TV shows – it does have medicinal purposes.

4. Sterilize needles, tweezers and other instruments

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Flickr\Toto

Before you poke around too much on that sticker or cut, be sure you dunk your needle or tweezers in the liquor. Take a big swig. Then get out the thorn.

5. Relieve poison ivy / bug bites

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Flickr/Ryan Hyde

Just like using liquor as an antiseptic, you can also use it to relieve the itching and burning of bug bites and poisonous rashes.

6. Kill odors

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Alcohol doesn’t just kill bacteria, it kills the odor left behind from it as well. Don’t try this on your teenagers football jersey or stinky cleats. But in a true emergency, douse the clothing with liquor for a fresh smell.

7. Surface cleanser

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Flickr\David Grant

Killing bacteria is one of its best virtues. Don’t overuse it; however, you want to save it for other uses.

8. Cold Pack

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Put a sponge or wash cloth in a bag and pour alcohol over the sponge until it is full. Freeze! Voila!

9. Facial astringent and hand cleanser

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It kills bacteria. Need I say more?

10. Mouthwash

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Remember, it kills bacteria? Most mouthwash is alcohol. Keep it in your kit for other uses on this list. You can use mouthwash for many of the others on this list. It is interchangeable with vodka and other hard liquors because of its high alcohol content.

11. Kill mold

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Flickr\Lenore Edmam

Mold has a tendency to grow in any humid environment. Using alcohol to kill mold can be an effective way to disinfect small utensils.

12. Cough suppressant

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Hot toddy! Who needs an emergency for his old trick? Try this remedy when your cold and cough just won’t go away. Aren’t into the whiskey and lemon. A little cinnamon schnapps will take away that cough, its just not quite a soothing!

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12 Ways to use Alcohol in Emergencies