Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Amazing Alternate Uses for Vodka!

If you’re a fan of vodka, you know that its smoothness and versatility make it the perfect drink to pair with pretty much any mixer. There’s no end to the praises to be sung about this uniquely intoxicating alcohol, but did you know that there are plenty of other uses for vodka? It turns out that it’s actually a pretty handy substance to have around.

I came across these interesting uses for vodka and felt I needed to share :) Please keep in mind I haven't tried these so I'm not so sure how accurate they really are but its interesting none the less...

- To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.

- To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.

- Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.

- Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse skin the and tighten pores. (make sure there are no open sores or this may be painful!)

- Add a splash of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.

- Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziplock freezer bag, and freeze for a slushy, refreshable ice pack for aches, pain, or black eyes.

- Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter then apply the alcoholic extract to aches and pains.

- Make your own mouthwash by mixing nine tablespoons powered cinnamon with one cup vodka. Seal in an airtight container for two weeks. Strain through a coffee filter then mix with warm water and rinse your mouth. Don’t swallow.

- Using a q-tip, apply vodka to a cold sore to help it dry out. (again may be painful)

- To treat dandruff, mix one cup vodka with two teaspoons crushed rosemary, let sit for two days, strain through a coffee filter and massage into your scalp and let dry.

- To treat an earache put a few drops of vodka in your ear. Let set for a few minutes. Then drain. The vodka will kill the bacteria that are causing pain in your ear.

- To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.

- To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.

- Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.

- Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain. (If all else fails, just turn the bottle up and drink it, nothing will matter anymore anyway!)

- You can also kill weeds with vodka, just mix 1 oz of vodka, 2 cups of water and a couple of drops of liquid soap into a spray bottle, mix and voila!

- Did you child get loose with a sharpie and draw all over your TV? Never fear a little Vodka on a clear rag will help clean the marker off easily.

- Clean jewelry. Soak the jewelry in vodka for five minutes, then rinse, and dry.

- Clean lipstick from clothing. Rub the stain with vodka, then throw into your regular wash.

- To increase the life of cut flowers, add a few drops of vodka vase water along with 1 teaspoon sugar.

- Use undiluted vodka to remove paint from clothes

- Use vodka to remove hair dye from your skin.

Have you given any of these uses for Vodka a try?

If you get a chance to test any of these vodka theories please let me know.
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Rock that Look on May 18, 2010 at 12:01 PM said...

huh very interesting! I had no idea about ANY of these alternative solutions. If I happen to try any I'll be sure to let you know :) Great post!

froggistyle73 on May 18, 2010 at 5:04 PM said...

Love this post!I will definitely be trying some of these. Thanks :)

Goober on May 19, 2010 at 1:12 AM said...

lol huh, aren't you muslim?

Lena! on May 19, 2010 at 6:23 AM said...

Interesting! You know what - I have tried the vodka in the shampoo bottle idea during the summer months when my hair tends to get a little oily... I can certainly attest that it does provide a deeper clean, but it's not so great for colour treated hair :)

Farah on May 19, 2010 at 9:43 AM said...

Goober - Not sure what religion has to do with beauty advice, this post or my blog to be honest..

Lena - yeah not that i think about it Im sure it would kinda kill color treated hair but im going to try this one for sure as I dont dye my hair. Glad to know it works

April on May 20, 2010 at 2:24 PM said...

None of these tips would do me any good because of all the sipping I would be doing reading up on 'how-to' ... a) there would be no vodka left and b) I probably wouldn't be able to see straight to accomplish anything. Ha ha!!! I love that you find all these great tips and tricks to help us girls out!
You were tagged on my blog today!!

Ethnic Beauty Fair on May 21, 2010 at 12:25 AM said...

I never knew that there is more to vodka than getting yourself drunk too! I really enjoyed this article and the others, that gave creative ways to use what we already have in our home to solve common issues.

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