When you hear vodka, you may think about screwdrivers, martinis, or Russian movie villains. After all, it seems like every villainous character in film and television, who’s from Russia or Eastern Europe, is drinking -or at least talking about drinking- vodka.
But did you know that there’s more to this clear liquid than meets the eye? It can actually be a useful and versatile household tool. Don’t waste the good stuff on these uses, however. Cheap vodka will work just as well for these purposes.
1. Mixing a teaspoon of sugar with a teaspoon of vodka and adding it to the water in your flower vase can make the flowers last longer.
2. Spritzing a little vodka can help restore dry-clean only clothes, so you can go longer between taking them to the cleaners.
3. Vodka is a pretty good hand sanitizer thanks to its ability to kill bacteria.
4. Spritz vodka into your shoes to eliminate foul odor (again due to vodka’s bacteria killing properties).
5. Say goodbye to dandruff: mix rosemary with 2 teaspoons of vodka, let it sit for 24-48 hours, then rinse your hair with it.
6. A mixture of vodka and water works wonders in cleaning your windows.
7. Replace water with cold vodka for a flakier pie crust.
8. Vodka helps get rid of sticky residues such as from gum or a sticker.
9. Adding a couple ounces of vodka to an ice pack before freezing it will make it colder, and it’ll last longer before melting.
10. Make your own signature mouthwash with water, a few drops of vodka, and cinnamon or mint.
11. Mix spice into vodka in a container, let it set for a week or so, and you’ll have an excellent flavor extract.
12. A mixture of vodka and water with a little dish soap cleans glasses very well.
Who knew vodka can be so handy! Well, maybe the Russians…