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Thread: Vodka vs. Starch ?

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    What is the difference between the two?

    Why is one better than the other?

    Does the vodka not attack bugs?

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    u talkin about for drinkin or for pressing????

    LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    u talkin about for drinkin or for pressing????

    LOL
    Pressing. Did not think. We don't drink.

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    Starch will attrack bugs AND roaches. I personally use sizing which DOESN'T attrack bugs. Vodka...well I have never used vodka. So I haven't any idea sorry. Someone will know soon I am sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    u talkin about for drinkin or for pressing????

    LOL
    thank you, I needed a good laugh

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    I read somewhere that Costume Designers use vodka because it gives just the right amount of crispness without any smell.

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    The difference? Vodka has alcohol, Starch doesn't!

    I only drink vodka. Starch , not so good :shock:

    I've never really heard of this. Seems expensive and a waist of good vodka!

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    vodka and cranberry with a splash of lime. starch and cranberry....not so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimom
    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    u talkin about for drinkin or for pressing????

    LOL
    thank you, I needed a good laugh
    me too!!!

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    Tears in my eyes.

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    My understanding is that you mix a few drops of essential oil into the vodka (a small amount of the cheapest stuff you can find), and then add distilled water. The vodka does something to spread the oil throughout the bottle so that the oil doesn't get on the fabric. You then use it for pressing.

    Hope that makes sense!

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    Are we being punk'd?

    Edited to say, if we are supposed to be voting, I vote for the vodka.

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-126870-1.htm

    I've never used either, but I may try the vodka idea. I don't like starch (except on my dinner plate). With vodka & cranberry in my glass. ;-)

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    Vodka mixed with water is good for getting out wrinkles without the stiffness of starch.

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    Linen spray isn't a starch but smells nicer than plain water to spritz fabric before ironing.
    The vodka is to kill any germs in your water so if you keep the EO and water for a while it won't grow nasties (bacteria).
    Shake well before using. It adds a nice scent to linens when sprayed before bedtime and the alcohol evaporates so it dries faster.
    Some EO's will discolor fabric so test before using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    u talkin about for drinkin or for pressing????

    LOL
    That was cute, had to laugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    Vodka mixed with water is good for getting out wrinkles without the stiffness of starch.
    I wonder if this will get rid of facial wrinkles. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by susiequilt
    Linen spray isn't a starch but smells nicer than plain water to spritz fabric before ironing.
    The vodka is to kill any germs in your water so if you keep the EO and water for a while it won't grow nasties (bacteria).
    Shake well before using. It adds a nice scent to linens when sprayed before bedtime and the alcohol evaporates so it dries faster.
    Some EO's will discolor fabric so test before using.

    I knew it! Proof positive that Vodka is good for you -after all it kills germs in water - and humans are 90 - 94% water; ergo Vodka kills germs in humans! Gotta go -- still time before last call to kill a few germs!

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    I learn so much from this board! Now I can press fabric, erase wrinkles, and kill germs with just one product.

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    I had never heard of the vodka use for quilting either...when I saw this post, I actually thought it may be someone who was having some troubles with starching...and was contemplating a sip or 2 of vodka...lol...now, mind you, I don't drink...so, I can't use that excuse as to why I didn't get this post at 1st...lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    Vodka mixed with water is good for getting out wrinkles without the stiffness of starch.
    I wonder if this will get rid of facial wrinkles. LOL
    It may not get rid of the wrinkles but it'll make you not care about them anymore.

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    Ok it's official we were completely nut s, this is really funny to read especially at work

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    u talkin about for drinkin or for pressing????

    LOL
    Loaded question :-D Never heard of Vodka as a misting ingredient. :shock:

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    I use it as a substitute for Best Press. I think the formula is 1 cup of H20, 2 oz vodka and a few drops of essential oil but you can skip the oil because it's just for the scent. I don't really measure. I just almost fill my spray bottle with water, pour in some of my husband's vodka and I add only 2 drops of essential oil in a linen scent. Mix it up really well and it works great and is cheap, especially since DH doesn't know I use his vodka, LOL.
    I like the occasional martini but not while sewing or pressing!
    If you do a QB search for Best Press you'll see all kinds of discussions on this topic. Good luck with however you decide to use the vodka!!

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    Are you pulling my leg?
    Vodka?

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