With the risk of sounding a little like the local drunk, here goes: vodka is magic! A good bottle of vodka will not only make the world seem right and the girl/boy you’re sitting next to, more attractive, but it’s also great for helping you around the house, cleaning things and getting rid of strange smells. We’d take it so far as to say that vodka is a must have kitchen utensil! In today’s article we’re going to look at ten unusual uses for Vodka, so read on and find out how to transform a simple spirit into a magical one.
10. Calm a Toothache
If your tooth aches, then you should probably go see a dentist. But before you do that, you need to take care of the pain. If you don’t want to swallow any pills, then you should take a swig of vodka and swish it around in your mouth for two minutes and then either spit it out or swallow it. It not only disinfects, but also numbs your gums and ease the pain. Just don’t do it for too many times in the day, you’ll end up smelling like the village drunk.
9. Clean Jewelry
Why buy expensive jewelry cleaning products when vodka can deal with that? If you soak your diamonds, sapphires or other gemstones in vodka for ten minutes, they’ll shine just like they did the first day you got them.
8. Great for Hair
Did you know that vodka is absolutely fabulous for hair? It will add shine to it! Add a shot of vodka to your bottle of shampoo and it will help clean your hair better and make it shinier. Because vodka doesn’t have much of a smell to it, you won’t end up smelling like you’ve doused yourself in liquor.
7. Soothe Rashes
Rashes caused by poison ivy or oak aren’t dangerous, but they’re very unpleasant and long-lasting. To avoid letting the rash take its course, you can treat the spot with some vodka and it will remove the urushiol oil that cases the itchiness. The better and cleaner the vodka, the better job it will do at soothing your rash.
6. Repel Insects
Using commercial insect repellents has proved not to be as safe as it was once believed. DEET-based sprays are bad for you and if you don’t want to take a chance on other sprays, then you should put some vodka in a spray bottle and spray the nasty insects with it. Make sure you don’t get any on the lovely bees, they’re already dying because of us and without them, we’ll probably die as well.
5. Kills Weeds
This has got to be one of the unusual uses for Vodka! If you combine an ounce of vodka, a bit of dishwasher liquid and two cups of water, you’ll get a powerful weed killer that is pet and human safe. Just make sure you don’t spray any flowers or plans with it, it’s really potent.
4. Get Rid of Mold
If you’ve got mold in your house and you don’t want to spray that nasty smelling liquid that will kill the mold, then you should make a mixture with 90% vodka and 10% water, spray on the moldy surface and let it sit for half an hour. Wipe it clean and you’re done. Tip: use a cheap brand!
3. Make Tinctures
Vodka is a clean alcohol, and alcohol is perfect for making plant tinctures. It’s been used for this purpose for ages! Fill a clean mason jar with lavender flower, top it off with a good quality vodka and seal it. Leave it somewhere dark for a week and you’ve got your lavender tincture! A tincture is great for disinfecting wounds – you get the benefits of the alcohol and the lavender.
2. Make Your Flowers Last Longer
We know that we’ve said earlier that vodka will kill plants, but only if you use a large amount of it. If you want your flowers to last longer, then you should put a few drops (three at most!) and a teaspoon of sugar into the water you’re going to put your flowers and it should keep your flowers fresh for longer. Remember to change the water mixture daily.
1. Homemade Fabric Fresheners
Let’s say you’ve gone out to a smoking club for a couple of drinks wearing your favorite shirt. If it weren’t for the nasty cigarette stench, the shirt could have been worn a second time. Make your own clothes freshener with vodka and you’ll be able to wear it again. Dilute the vodka, don’t spray it as it is and the alcohol it contains will kill the bacteria that is causing the odors.
What do you think of these unusual uses for Vodka? Have you ever tried any of them? Do they work? Are you willing to give them a try, or would you rather drink the vodka instead and not care about the rust or mold around your house?