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15 Things You Never Thought to Use Vodka For

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There are a myriad of ways you can drink vodka; in martinis, with tonic, with red bull or as a slushy.  But, there are just as many ways to use vodka to make a healthy, happy home and a more beautiful you.  Below are just a few of the more uncommon uses for vodka:

1)Freshen your clothes – Looking for a way to revive your favorite shirt without having to wash it?  Give it a quick spritz from a spray bottle filled with vodka.  The vodka kills odor-causing bacteria without leaving a scent.  Just make sure to do a spot check for to test for colorfastness.

 2) Brighten your skin – Use vodka in place of your more expensive facial toners.  Vodka will remove excess oil from the skin and tighten pores.  Wet a cotton ball with vodka and wipe on clean skin.

3) Get luscious locks – Adding a shot of vodka to a bottle of shampoo (12-16oz) will help remove product buildup from your hair and scalp making your hair grow faster and look shinier and healthier.

4) Sweeten your feet – If your feet are smelling slightly less than their best give yourself a vodka pedicure (aka wash your feet with vodka).  The vodka kills the bacteria that cause foot odor so spritz a little in your shoes to keep them smelling fresh and clean as well.

5)Quash a cold sore – Use a cotton swab soaked with vodka to dry out the cold sore and help keep it free of infection.  Just a dab will do you.

6) Relieve body aches without the hangover – Make liniment for easing muscle aches and pains by placing 3 ounces dried lavender flowers and 1.5 cups vodka in a clean 16 ounce glass jar.  Place a lid on the jar and let it sit out of the direct sunlight for 2-3 weeks. Strain the mixture through a coffee filter to remove the flowers.  Rub the liniment on sore achy muscles as needed.

7) Get rid of freezer burned peas – Love the flexibility of a cold bag of peas for icing injuries but hate eating the peas later?  Make your own flexible ice pack place 1/2 cup vodka and 2 cups water in a zip top resealable bag.  Add a few drops of food coloring if you want a fancy color.  Place in the freezer until ready to use.

8)Don’t feed a fever give it a drink instead.  Vodka can be used to help relieve a fever. Moisten a soft cloth with vodka and wipe it on your chest and back.      

*Remember a fever could be a symptom of a more serious condition and you should seek medical treatment for a fever if you feel there is a serious illness at hand.

9) Soothe a sore throat – Gargle with 1 tablespoon of vodka in a cup of warm water and the pain of the sore throat will magically disappear.  Hmmmmm…

10) Take the bite out of a toothache – Swish vodka around the aching tooth.  The gums will absorb the alcohol which will numb the pain.  Again I say, “Hmmmmm…”

11) Vanquish vomit stains – Ironically vodka is excellent for removing vomit stains from fabric including carpet.  To remove a stain, blot the fabric with a clean white cloth soaked in vodka.

12) Eliminate mold and mildew – Not only are mold and mildew ugly and embarrassing they can also pose a risk to your health.  If mold and mildew have taken over an area of your life fight back by spraying the invader with vodka.  Wait 5-10 minutes then scrub the area with a soft toothbrush (for tile, caulking or other hard surfaces) or wipe with a clean soft cloth (for fabrics).  Remember to test for colorfastness when using on fabrics.

13) Make your faucets sparkle – Water spots on your faucets can be unsightly, annoying, and almost impossible to remove but with a soft cloth dampened with vodka and some elbow grease you can banish those spots once and for all.

14) Keep the love alive or at least the flowers – Adding 3-4 drops of vodka and 1 teaspoon sugar to the water in the vase will help keep your flowers looking fresh longer.  Change the water, vodka and sugar daily for the best results. 

15) Being pestered by bugs at a picnic? – Vodka makes a great insect repellent.  When you’re out and about where bugs might be a nuisance carry a small spray bottle filled with vodka to spray the bugs or yourself.   Just don’t get caught spraying and driving.

These are just a few of the amazing things you can do with vodka other than drink it.  It also makes a great adhesive remover, poison ivy soother, razor cleaner and jewelry soak.  For best results use a vodka with a high proof (80-100 proof should do the trick) and stick to a bottom shelf vodka it works just as well as the higher priced brands.  Stay away from flavored vodkas that may be infused with sugar or other additives as they may not produce the results you want.  Don’t have any vodka around?  Gin, whiskey or tequila can be used as worthy substitutes for many of the tips.

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