If you have watched the season 22 episode of Simpsons, ‘Homer the Father’, where Homer is seen putting vodka in a humidifier, the idea must have crossed your mind. Are you wondering if you can, like Homer, do so and fall asleep after getting drunk in a room where vodka has been dispersed through the fumes of the humidifier?
Well, we can tell you, you are not the first one to wonder about it. There has been an ongoing debate about whether or not putting vodka in a humidifier can do so.
Are you looking for a one-word answer to the question? Then, in short, the answer is – NO. Rather, we can give you quite some reasons why you should not even consider this as an option.
What Happens If We Put Vodka in a Humidifier?
Once again, if you want a simple answer, putting alcoholic solutions inside a device like a humidifier can damage the machine. This will of course depend on how the device is constructed, but you should not try it anyway. Why so? Well, for starters, it can lead to a safety issue. You might have a fire emergency if alcohol enters the humidifier.
Furthermore, you should be aware of the consequences of you inhaling alcohol in the form of vapor. It can cause severe health concerns.
Why Should You Not Add Vodka to Your Humidifier?
You are a real character in the movie of life- not a cartoon character like Homer in Simpsons. Hence, it is important that you are aware of the practicalities associated with adding vodka to the humidifier. Let us talk about some of the risks associated with doing so.
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Yes, as mentioned above, you can risk causing a fire emergency or an explosion if you add vodka to the humidifier. Why so? Well, it is important to understand what vodka is before you can find an answer to this.
Vodka is an alcohol and a flammable liquid. As you might already be aware, the humidifier is made up of components that consist of heating elements that can boil the water you add to the device and convert it to steam that is then dispersed throughout your space.
Hence, when you add vodka as the liquid to the humidifier, instead of water, you are leading the flammable liquid towards the heating element. When you do so, the possibility of giving rise to a fire does not seem that impossible, does it? Of course, the model and built of your humidifier will define where such a fire occurs or not. But, why should you take that risk anyway?
However, the recent models of humidifiers indeed come with a system of cold steam. This means these devices use cold steam to convert water to vapor by sonicating. This will highly reduce the possibility to give rise to a fire, which is indeed more common in the devices that come with the heating element instead.
Nonetheless, you will surely accrue a cost of destroying the humidifier in question and wasting your alcohol if you put it on the humidifier instead of saving the drink to be taken through your mouth.
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We cannot stress enough the risks associated with you inhaling vodka through your humidifier, in terms of health concerns. If you are eager to get high from inhaling vaporized alcohol, you should bear in mind that you have to inhale A LOT of it.
However, unlike drinking from a bottle, you cannot ever know how much is a lot or when the ‘a lot’ is too much. Hence, you will risk getting totally intoxicated or even losing your senses among the vodka fumes. Does this sound safe at all? Hopefully, you realize, it is not.
On another hand, you can risk getting an alcohol overdose if you are inhaling vaporized vodka. Nothing will be telling you that you have had enough. Are you going to argue that you have only used one or two bottles of vodka on the humidifier?
Well, it is important to note that, unlike liquid vodka, the vaporized form of alcohol usually bypasses the stomach and goes right into the bloodstream as soon as you inhale it.
As per an ideal scenario, the overdose of alcohol will cause you to vomit it out because your body is unable to accept it anymore. However, when you are inhaling it, and not involving the digestive tract, there is indeed no way to control or channel the excess amount of alcohol that you have just taken in.
Hence, you are likely to overdose without being able to fight it and until the highness of the vodka is faded off. You will even risk the chance of getting alcohol poisoning. What does this mean? This simply means that you die- and you die pretty fast.
What happens if the overdose does not kill? Well, you might even become an addict.
Moreover, another big health risk that comes with inhaling vodka is that the alcohol can make your nasal passage dry and expose it to possible infections.
What If You Add Rubbing Alcohol to the Humidifier?
Rubbing Alcohol means isopropyl alcohol or ethanol and both these are usually used as an antiseptic in houses or commercial spaces. Hence, you can use this alcohol as a cleaning agent for the humidifier- in no way as a liquid replacing the water that is supposed to be vaporized.
You might want to argue that the saturation of such rubbing alcohol is pretty low and hence the fumes produced may not be as harmful as that of vodka. However, you should realize that this type of alcohol can kill bacteria or germs.
If the saturation was indeed too low, this would not be used as an antiseptic or disinfectant. Hence, the answer is NO, you cannot add rubbing alcohol to the humidifier and expect it to be safe.
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When talking about adding safe liquids to your humidifier, the only clear answer is distilled water. Not Alcohol- not vodka at all. Inhaling vodka comes with not only risk of fire hazards but also severe health concerns. The humidifier is supposed to give you a pleasant experience against the humidity in your space- not create more risks or unpleasant circumstances.