Everyone knows the most common use for vodka, to get you drunk and make times fun. However, with vodka being pure alcohol it has quite a few other uses other than drinking. It can provide an easy household solution for many ailments.
Alcohol dissolves most stick solutions, so if you have stick glue residue stuck somewhere douse it with a little vodka to clean it off. The most popular use is removing band-aids. If you're a particularly hairy person, just soak the band-aid with vodka and it will peel right off.
Killing Mold and Mildew
Vodka kills germs, it also kills mold and mildew better than most cleaners do. Just spray the afflicted area with vodka, let sit for five minutes, and wipe away. That mold or mildew won't be coming back. Unless it's on wood, it doesn't work on wooden surfaces.
If you have vodka, but not any air freshener, guess what? It works for that too. If you're worried it will make your house smell like an alcoholics' den, fear not. When vodka dries, it dries completely odorless. So if you have a rampant wet dog smell or a piece of furniture you can't wash, spritz it with a little vodka and water.
If you have a stubborn stain like ink, grass stains, or lipstick soak them in vodka before you wash and they'll be eliminated.
Instead of suffocating yourself with store bought insect repellant, spray yourself down with a little vodka and try not to lick yourself. Mosquitos absolutely hate it. To improve the potency, add a little bit of lavender oil.
A Cure for Smelly Feet
As we've discovered, vodka is a killer bacteria killer. Pouring some on your smelly feet will kill the bacteria that makes them smell. In theory, if you soaked your feet in vodka it may also help nail fungus.
Poison Ivy Cure
Poison ivy is the bane of the outdoors, but vodka is a really effective cure to stop it from spreading to really uncomfortable areas. Pour it on the already afflicted area and it will remove the urushoil from your skin.
Cure for Dandruff
If you have tried the expensive, smelly dandruff shampoos and they do not work, try this vodka remedy. Crush rosemary, add two teaspoons to one cup vodka, let sit for an hour and then strain through a coffee filter. Let sit for two days, apply to scalp and allow to dry
Keep Cut Flowers Longer
To make cut flowers last longer, add a single tablespoon of vodka to the water to decrease the growth of bacteria and fungi. The vodka will also interfere with the flowers maturing and, thereby wilting too quickly.
Chemical Free Cleaner
Use vodka in a spray bottle to clean and polish windows, mirrors, fixtures and even your glasses. Surfaces will sparkle and shine without harmful chemicals.
Treat an Earache
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.
Treat Cold Sores
Using a q-tip, apply vodka to a cold sore to help it dry out. It also works for blisters, but only if they've opened.
Make a Squishy Ice Pack
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.
Clean Your Face
As good as any astringent, rubbing alcohol on your face will help clean it and dry your face out.
Keep Razors Clean
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.
Relax With It!
After you've finished cleaning up your house, mix a bit of vodka with a little orange or cranberry juice and kick back and relax!