17 Unusual Uses For Vodka

Besides drinking it. Obvi.

1. Shampoo with it.

Add an ounce to your bottle of shampoo to fight oil buildup. (And don’t worry; since vodka is odorless, you won’t walk into work smelling like a bar.)

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2. Make your flowers last longer.

Here’s something I’m going to do to my vase of peonies as soon as I get home: Add a few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar to the water in your flower vase.

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3. Painlessly remove a Band-Aid.

Take a cotton ball and soak it with vodka, then saturate the bandage; the vodka will dissolve the adhesive.

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4. Soothe the sting of poison ivy.

If you pour vodka on your skin immediately after you’ve had a brush-up with some poison ivy, the alcohol in it will alleviate some of the sting.

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5. Heal cold sores.

Dunk a cotton swab in some of your favorite vodka and dab it on a pesky cold sore to help it heal faster.

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6. …and jellyfish stings.

Use some of that Stoli from your beach picnic to soothe a jellyfish sting, in case of emergency.

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7. Use it as homemade Febreze.

Vodka is so strong that it kills odor-causing bacteria. Just put some in a spray bottle and spritz your clothes, then hang them to dry in a well-ventilated area.

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8. …and as DIY Windex.

Dilute vodka in a spray bottle and spritz your windows for some chemical-free (and streak-free) shine.

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9. Make your own mouthwash.

Find out how here.

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10. Kill weeds without using gross pesticides.

Combine an ounce of vodka, a few drops of liquid dish soap, and two cups of water in a spray bottle, and you’ll be able to get rid of pesky weeds without using harmful chemicals.

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11. Get gooey residue off things.

Dab a scouring sponge with some vodka, scrub and rinse with some liquid dish soap. Bye bye, goo.

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12. Shrink pores.

To make DIY toner, brew a cup of green tea and add ¼ teaspoon of vodka once it’s cooled. Dunk a cotton ball and use the concoction to really deep-clean your blackheads.

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13. Make flakier pies.

Substituting a tablespoon of vodka for every third tablespoon of water will make your pie crusts moister without requiring additional water (which can make your dough rubbery).

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14. Clean jewelry.

Soak any jewelry comprising diamonds, emeralds, or other crystallized gemstones in vodka for five minutes, then rinse and dry.

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15. Make a pretty good insect spray.

For a DEET-free insect repellent, put some vodka in a spray bottle and spritz away.

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16. Make a homemade, reusable ice pack.

Put ½ cup of vodka and ½ cup of water into a zip-close freezer bag, and freeze for an ice pack you can use time after time, Cyndi Lauper style.

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17. Unstink your feet.

Soak your dogs in vodka — you might want to use the cheap stuff — to give them a deep clean and to deodorize.

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