Vodka kills germs?

Tony Stott tony.stott at
Sun Oct 5 19:24:43 EST 1997

loner wrote:
> I remember a scene in the mini series 'The Burning Zone' that there was
> an outbreak on the plane. Doctors on the plane use Vodka to sterile
> their hands. Is it possible? What is the lowest possible concentration
> of ethanol that can use to kill pathogenic microorganisms?
> --
> de mario
> The SSSI
> ICQ list of biologists on the internet

A brand of Vodka sold here is called "Polish Pure Spirit", it is 140
Proof which is, if I remember correctly under the British method of
determining proof spirits, the same as 70% ethanol !! - this is
concentration is decidedly unfriendly to bugs (and probably your liver
as well ;-)

Tony Stott
Department of Microbiology, Monash University
Clayton, Victoria, Australia

tony.stott at

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