I want to use vodka to clean my wine cellar, does it leave lingering odors behind and affect the taste and aroma of my wines.

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    Can you help us understand why you want to do this?
    – Matthew
    Apr 6, 2019 at 4:53
  • I want to use it to clean the dust as well as prevent mold and milvew. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:55
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    I cook with wine sometimes even putting some in the food. I clean with beer. I would clean with vodka if I had cranberry juice
    – Kris
    Apr 6, 2019 at 12:32
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    I find that scrubbing with caviar and then rinsing with 100 year old scotch works best (75 year will work in a pinch though). Apr 6, 2019 at 19:49
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because unorthodox cleaning techniques are off-topic here. Apr 7, 2019 at 12:21

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I've drunk some cheap vodka in my time ($US3 per liter was the cheapest) but I still wouldn't use it for cleaning unless that was the only option I had. Vodka is not pure alcohol so it will leave varying degrees of residue do to flavonoids etc

If I was going to use an alcohol based product for cleaning I would tend towards a Rubbing Alcohol that, while still not 100% pure alcohol, minimizes the amount of other ingredients and carries no perfume oils etc

  • Denatured alcohol would be a better bet, because it's significantly cheaper and available in larger quantities at hardware stores. Apr 6, 2019 at 14:56

I suppose you could use vodka safely but not on the labels, but that is not really needed. A soft dry cloth to clean off the wine bottles will work just fine.

As far as mold and mildew, if you have an issue, you need to remediate that so the humidity isn’t excessive.

I did find a somewhat interesting post by Martha Stewart on her wine cellar being cleaned.

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