10 Amazing Uses for Vodka Besides Making Cocktails

I have become a huge fan of finding new ways to use things I already have around my house.  Why drag my butt to the store to buy something NEW when I could achieve the same result with something I already have at home?  Not to mention the fact that using something I already have is significantly cheaper than heading to Target for something else.  Mainly because I cannot walk into a Target without spending a small fortune.  I feel the need to walk up and down every isle and then I get sidetracked by things I never knew I needed but now cannot live without!  So, as I search for new ways to use things I already have, I came across an article online about cool uses for vodka around the house.  Who knew it was good for more than just margaritas and martinis, right?  Then I started to do MORE research and realized that there are literally dozens of uses for vodka that I have never even heard of before!  I decided to put together a list of suggestions in case you happen to have a gallon size jug of it in the liquor cabinet like I do!

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Amazing Uses for Vodka Besides Making Cocktails

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Amazing Uses for Vodka Besides Cocktails

1. Treat Poison Ivy:  With summer finally here and more people heading outside you will undoubtedly come across some poison ivy.  Soak a cotton ball in vodka and gently rub on the rash.  It will dry it up and help it go away faster.

2. Freshen Laundry:  If your clothes are smelling musty, hang them in a well ventilated area and spritz with vodka to help them smell fresher.  If you want to add a nice aroma, add some fresh herbs or rose petals to the vodka and let sit a week or so.  Then spritz.  Make sure you spot test a hidden area first to make sure it doesn’t stain! You can also use this as a linen spray.

3. Shine chrome, glass and porcelain fixtures: Just pour some vodka on a clean cloth and rub firmly to help bring out the shine.

Uses for vodka besides making cocktails

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4. Help your flowers last longer:  Add a few drops of vodka to your flower vase and fill with water. Add flowers.  It will help your flowers last longer.

5. Kill shower mold:  Fill a spray bottle with vodka and spray it in your shower.  You will kill that pesky mold that seems to resist all attempts at cleaning.

6. Remove a stuck on band-aid:  Soak the bandage in vodka and it will dissolve the adhesive so you can take it off painlessly.  This is one of the uses of vodka that even your kids will appreciate!

7. Prolong the life of your razor:  Fill a cup with vodka and let your razor blade soak in the vodka after shaving. It disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.

Lavender tincture

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8. Make a Lavender Tincture: Place a cup of lavender flowers in a mason jar and top off with vodka.  Let sit for several days.  Strain off the liquid into a clean container and you have a lavender tincture.  Check out Chestnut Herbs for directions and usages.

9. Make your own cinnamon mouthwash:  Fill a mason jar with vodka and add 1/2 cup of powdered cinnamon.  Let sit for 2 to three weeks.  Pour through a coffee filter to strain it.  Add water to dilute to desired strength.  Swish and spit to freshen your mouth.  Do not swallow! For a better price buy cinnamon on Amazon. (affiliate link)

10. Remove label residue from jars:  Soak a cotton ball in vodka and rub over the sticky residue left behind when you remove a label from your jar.  You may need to let it sit or repeat to remove all the glue.

If you are planning on trying one of these uses for vodka I wouldn’t use expensive vodka!  A cheap bottle will work just as well and  you won’t be out a small fortune.

Do you have any other uses for vodka that I have missed?


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