10 New Uses for Vodka

January 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

When you’ve finished your martini- keep the bottle out for some alternative household cleaning.

Vodka Use #1: Poison Ivy Killer

I could have really used this one a few weeks ago.

You can use vodka to stop the spread of poison ivy on your skin. I read on Daily Green that straight alcohol might work better, but if you’re out in the woods and all you have is vodka then have at it.

Vodka Use #2: Kill Foot Odor

If you’ve got a stinky feet problem then pour vodka on them.  Vodka kills germs almost as effectively as straight alcohol.

Vodka Use #3: Keep Flowers Fresh

Bacterial growth is the enemy of fresh flowers. Reader’s Digest says that to keep your cut flowers fresh longer, put a few drops of vodka in the water.

Vodka Use #4: Weed Killer

Avoid harsh pesticides in your yard by using vodka. Simply mix 1 oz. vodka, a few drops of liquid dish soap, and 2 cups water in a spray bottle.  On a sunny day (in the middle of the day), drench your weeds with the  mixture. RD says that the alcohol breaks down the waxy coating on the leaves, making the plants susceptible to dehydration.

Vodka Use #5: Disinfect Your Toothbrush

I’m starting to see a pattern here…

Vodka kills germs. So, soaking your toothbrush head in a small cup of vodka is a great way to kill the bacteria that starts to grow in there.

Vodka Use #6: Get Shiny Hair

Put a shot of vodka in a 12 oz. bottle of shampoo for glistening locks.

Vodka Use #7: Kill Mold In Your Bathroom

I was really excited to learn about this one because the mold in my bathroom tiles has proved resistant to everything from vinegar to bleach. Well, vodka’s next.

Simply pour some vodka in a spray bottle and spray on the caulking. Let it sit for 5-15 minutes, and then wipe off.

Vodka Use #8: Remove Sticky Glue On Glass

Have a price tag or sticker that won’t come off a glass frame or object? Rub vodka on it and it should come right off.

Vodka Use #9: Keep Aphids Off Houseplants

If you have an aphid problem, my sympathies are with you. You can battle the little buggers by cleaning off the leaves of your plants with water, and then dabbing the leaves with a cotton ball soaked with vodka.

Apartment Therapy recommends you don’t do this with delicate plants like African Violets.

Vodka Use #10: Kill Cold Sores

Cold sores are the worst. You can help dry it out by using a Q-tip soaked with Vodka daily.

Bonus Vodka Use #11: Help a Fever

If you’re suffering with a fever then soak a washcloth in vodka and rub it on your chest and back as a liniment.

From the greenest dollar.

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