10 Alternative uses for Vodka
Vodka has been enjoyed since at least the early Middle Ages, and is well known as one of the world’s most popular spirits. Its versatility in mixing and high alcohol content have made it extremely popular in cocktails.
Vodka has a long history of use as medicine, having been sold by druggists to cure everything from infertility to colic and the plague.
Why would you want to do anything else with vodka but drink it? It is widely available, effective and less toxic than many of the chemical alternatives you might use for these tasks.
To avoid the uncomfortable nasty, long-lasting rash reaction of poison ivy, immediately pour vodka on skin that has come into contact with the plant. The alcohol will wash away the itchy culprit, urushiol oil.
You can keep your clothes smelling fresher with vodka — really! Simply spritz your duds with the stuff, then hang to dry in a well-ventilated area. Vodka kills odor-causing bacteria, but doesn’t leave a scent when dry.
It’s easy to get your chrome, glass and porcelain fixtures shining like the top of the Chrysler Building. Guess what does the trick? Moisten a soft, clean cloth with vodka, then apply a little elbow grease.
If vodka can help you find love, then it can also help you preserve it — or at least the symbols of it. Add a few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar to the water in your flower vase. It should help keep your flowers fresh longer. Change out the mixture with fresh ingredients daily.
Who knew that vodka can kill pesky insects, as well as nagging doubts at the bar? Pour a little of the saucy spirit in a spray bottle and squirt on the little buggers, or yourself as a repellent.
Soothe Jellyfish Stings
Jellyfish are fascinating, beautiful sea creatures. But their stingers can pack a powerful, painful punch. Vodka can disinfect and alleviate some of the bite of a jellyfish sting.
Vodka doesn’t just make you think people look prettier. It actually can make people prettier. How? Try this remedy for healthier, lush hair: Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo.
Clean Away Mold
instead of harsh chemical sprays, try filling a recycled spray bottle with some bottom-shelf vodka. Spritz on, then let sit for 15 minutes. Scrub away with an old toothbrush.
Do you find the scent of lavender soothing? Fill a clean glass jar with fresh lavender flowers, then top off with vodka. Seal the lid tightly and place in the sun for three days. Strain the resulting liquid through a coffee filter, and poof! You have a homemade tincture to rub into aches and pains.
Got a toothache? try swishing a shot of vodka over the affected area. It can help disinfect, and should numb some of the pain in your gums. But do go see a dentist as well.
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