Vodka(77194)Credit: WikipediaVodka has many uses other than making someone drunk.  You can use it to clean your clothes, kill mold, preserve flowers, repel insects, polish glass, and more.  If you are looking to save money and have some extra (cheap) vodka lying around, check out these unique and alternate uses of vodka below. 



Clean Clothes

Vodka can be used to clean clothes and treat stains.   Create a mixture of equal parts water and vodka.  Simply dab it on stains,  using it like any stain pretreater, before washing your clothes as you usually would.  You can also place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it on clothes in between washes in order to keep your clothes smelling fresh by killing any lingering odors.

Kill Mold

Vodka can also be used to kill mold.  Using the same mixture that you used to clean your clothes, place it in a spray bottle and spray it on mold as you would any spray bathroom cleaner.  Let the mixture sit on the mold for awhile and then wipe it clean.

Preserve Flowers

Simply by adding a few drops of vodka to the water in a vase of cut flowers will lengthen the life of the flowers.

Repel Insects

A "do it yourself" insect repellant can be made my mixing vodka, apple cider vinegar, and a few drops of either citronella or eucalyptus oil.  You can spray the mixture onto yourself or in locations where you want to repel bugs.

Treat Poison Ivy

In order to prevent an allergic reaction to poison ivy, immediately after your skin comes in contact with the poison ivy, pour vodka over your skin.  The alcohol will wash away the urushiol oil which causes your skin to itch after it comes in contact with poison ivy.

Remove Goo

Forget "Goo Gone," you can use vodka to remove the "sticky gunk" left behind by stickers and labels.  Simply soak a clean cloth with vodka and rub away the glue.

Get Shiny Hair

Add one "jigger" (a shot) of vodka to a 12 ounce bottle of shampoo and shampoo your hair as usual.  It will make your hair healthier and more lush.

Ease a Toothache

If you have a toothache, try swishing a shot of vodka over the affected area.  The vodka will disinfect the area and numb the pain in your gums.

Polish Glass

Vodka can be used as a glass cleaner.  Simply pour vodka on a cloth or use it in a spray bottle to polish glass and clean mirrors.  Vodka is especially effective at removing hairspray from mirrors.

Polish Fixtures

In addition to being used to polish glass, vodka can be used to polish chrome and porcelain fixtures.  Simply moisten a clean cloth with vodka and polish away.

Soothe Jellyfish Stings

Many people know that if they are stung by a jellyfish they should urinate on the sting, but very few people want to urinate on themselves or worse, have someone else urinate on them.  However, jellyfish stings can be incredibly painful and desperate times, call for desperate measures...  People who don't want to use urine can find comfort knowing that vodka can be used to disinfect and alleviate the pain from a jellyfish sting.  So the next time you head to the beach and are somewhere that might have jellyfish, be sure to bring a bottle of vodka with you.  You can enjoy beachy cocktails and have a remedy for jellyfish stings, killing two birds with one stone!