Vodka – it is good for more than just a martini!

Posted on 13. Feb, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Vodka, it is not just for drinking.  While it is pricier than rubbing alcohol, this bar staple has the same antiseptic properties making it a clever replacement in a pinch. Grey Goose or Absolut is great to drink, but not to clean. Read on for spirited way to put it to use.

1. Erase window streaks. As an alternative to using chemical cleaners, spray glass panes with diluted vodka, then wipe them down with a lint free cloth.

2. Shine chrome. Put an end to soap scum and hard-water spots by soaking a soft cloth in vodka and wiping it over shiny fixtures.

3. Deodorize laundry. Spritz undiluted vodka on clothes to help remove musty smells, then hang-dry them in a well-ventilated area.

4. Remove rust from screws. Leave a weathered screw in vodka for just a few hours, then wipe to get rid of rust.

5. Preserve cut flowers. Save your bouquet by mixing a few drops of vodka with a teaspoon of sugar to inhibit the production of ethylene, which makes flowers wilt.

6. Remove stains from upholstery. Dip a clean cloth in vodka and rub it on fabric to help take out stubborn stains caused by ink, grass and some foods.

7. Kill weeds. Mix 1 ounce of vodka, a few drops of liquid dish soap and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Apply on a sunny day to broadleaf weeds that grow in direct sunlight; the vodka will help remove the leaves’ waxy coating, causing them to dry out.

8. Clean mold and mildew. Rid tile and caulk of dark spots by spraying them with vodka. Let sit for up to 30 minutes, scrub with a grout brush or old toothbrush and rinse thoroughly.

9. Soothe aching muscles. Treat sore muscles with a pack made by pouring equal parts of vodka and water into a resealable bag and freezing it to create a super cold slushy mix. Whether you treat yourself to a cocktail afterward is up to you!

10. Stop odors. Boots smell, spritz with diluted vodka and no more smell. (Although you may crave a big olive next time you wear those boot!)

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