13 Clever Uses for Vodka (Besides Making a Martini)

13 Clever Uses for Vodka (Besides Making a Martini)

I can’t think of a better use for vodka than in Oprah’s lemon drop martini. But I’m not a big drinker, and have had the same bottle of vodka in my fridge for the last two years.

So, I’m glad there’s so much more you can do with that crystal clear booze.

1. Take the Itch out of Poison Ivy: As soon as you realize you’ve rubbed against poison ivy, pour vodka on the area, which will wash away the urushiol oil that makes you itch.

2. Freshen Fabric: Put vodka in a spray bottle, and spritz funky-smelling furniture and clothes. Hang outside or in a ventilated area to dry.

3. Brighten Hair: To make a clarifying shampoo, add an ounce of vodka to 12 ounces of  your regular shampoo. Your hair will shine.

4. Remove Mold: Spray straight vodka on mold, let dry for about 10 minutes, then scrub off with a brush.

5. Soothe Tooth Pain: If you can’t get to a dentist, a quick swish of vodka will temporarily disinfect and numb the area.

6. Shine Windows: Dilute 1:1 with water, pour into a spray bottle, and spritz on dirty windows.

7. Preserve Flowers: To make your arrangements last longer, add a few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar to the water in your vase.

8. Vanish Water Spots: Put a dab of vodka on a lint-free cloth, and wipe away water spots on crystal, chrome and stainless steel. It works much faster than vinegar.

9. Clean Diamonds: Undiluted vodka will take the gunk off your diamond engagement rings and wedding bands.

10. Reduce Swelling: Make a cold pack by mixing equal parts of vodka and water in a resealable bag, and freezing it until it’s a slush.

11. Repel Bugs: Spitz straight vodka on your skin to repel mosquitoes. If the smell of vodka turns you off, infuse the liquor with some lavender leaves.

12. Prolong Razor Life: Dip your razor in vodka after use to disinfect and prevent rust.

13. Deodorize Feet and Boots: Spritz straight vodka on your feet, smelly shoes and boots to remove odors.

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