currently has a bit of time on his hands, and happened to be in a grocery store where he happened to read the active ingredients in motuhwash:
The interesting thing is (most likely not having to pay U.S. taxes on consumable alcohol
) the cost per effective unit of ethanol is exactly 1/3 as much as rotgut vodka. [pretty sure RELATIVE prices are OK]
Now, this raises two questions:
1. Is it safe to drink as is?
2. Could simple distillation remove the impurities?
As for 1., Wiki indicates two of the ingredients as toxic, most significantly Methyl Salycate. It indicates fatalities in children at 4ml. Now, in a 1.5L bottle, 1500X0.0006=0.9ml, so drinking the 1.5L bottle (a LOT of booze
) shold not be overly dangerous to an adult.
As for 2, the boiling points of the adulterants are as follows:
methyl salicylate: 222C
AS water boils at 100C, and ethanol at 78C, it would seem very easy to extract the ethanol from the solution with any decent distillary apparatus.
Now the problem, swimmers, is that--as tax has not been paid on the mouthwash--distilling (or even drinking it) is highly illegal. As much as John Law hates illegal drugs
, he REALLY hates not getting his cut of the legal ones.
Also, the labor involved really requires distilling at least 10gal at a time. I suspect SWIM might run into resistance at buying 30 bottles of moutwash at once. Could SWIM order direct from the supplier?
Any imput (especially from those that have tried this) is appreciated.