8 Household Uses for Vodka

October 4, 2013

It’s more than just the basis of a great martini! Vodka doesn’t have a lot more to it than grain alcohol (or potato alcohol). That makes it a great, cheap household cleaner,
germ killer, wound healer…(NOTE: try these at your own risk.

household uses for vodkaFor your hair. Add an ounce or two to a mostly-full bottle of shampoo, and shake it to mix in. The vodka is effective at preventing oily buildup on the hair and scalp.

For removing goo. Have any hard surfaces where the price-tag or other sticker glue just will not go away no matter how much you scrape and peel? Saturate the price-tag residue with vodka. The alcohol will dissolve the adhesive.

For bandages. Vodka can also dissolve the extremely sticky adhesive on bandages. Simply soak a cotton ball in the spirit and apply liberally to the bandage, which will fall off and save you the agony of ripping it off. NOTE: Only do this if you’re sure the wound beneath is healed—the alcohol can kill all living cells in a wound, the germs and the germ-fighters.

For a better pie. Substitute a third of the water in pie crust recipes with vodka for a flakier result. This prevents the gluten, a protein found in flour, from making the crust rubbery and dry.

For weeds. Many gardeners use vodka as the basis of a chemical-free, environmentally-safe herbicide. Mix an ounce of vodka with two cups of water and a few drops of liquid dish detergent in a spray bottle, and spray.

For mildew and mold. The alcohol in vodka instantly kills household mold and mildew. It’s especially effective as a bathroom cleaner. Place pure vodka in a spray bottle, then spray the caulking around bathtubs and showers. No more gross mildew.

For longer-lasting razors. Fill a mug with vodka, and when you’re done shaving with a disposable razor, wash off the blade and let it soak in the mug. The alcohol both disinfects the safety razor blade and prevents rusting.

• For vomit. While drinking too much vodka may cause vomiting, it can also, ironically, help remove vomit stains. Spray vodka on stained clothing or carpets, scrub with a brush, then blot it dry.