12 Surprising Uses for Vodka

Keep a bottle of this bar staple on hand for a natural cleaning and disinfection solution.

By Chelsea Stone
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    Clean windows and fixtures

    Time to ditch the chemicals! Banish soap scum and water spots by wiping down fixtures with a cloth soaked in vodka for extra sparkle, and spray the stuff on windows for a streak-free shine.


    Deodorize your feet

    Soak those smelly puppies in this natural deodorizer for an extra deep clean. You can even spray diluted vodka directly into shoes for an easy, natural refresher.


    Remove sticker goo

    Peeling off a price tag often leaves an unwanted residue behind. Scrub the gunk with some vodka, then rinse for a smooth surface.


    Kill weeds

    Looking for a pesticide-free way to treat weeds? Mix vodka with water and a few drops of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle, and spritz directly onto your target.


    Get shiny hair

    Your hair could use a drink, too! Vodka can help de-frizz hair and make locks extra shiny and healthy, thanks to its low pH. Add an ounce of the spirit to your shampoo bottle to fight oily buildup with each wash.


    Cure poison ivy

    If you get this nasty rash, you'll need a quick fix. Pour vodka directly onto the affected skin, and the alcohol will rinse away the chemical from the leaves that causes the itchy sensation (urushiol oil).


    Soothe toothaches

    If you’re plagued by mouth pain but can’t make it to a dentist right away, try swishing with vodka, a natural antiseptic. Not only does it kill bacteria, but it can also help to numb the area.


    Refresh laundry

    Oust odor in your closets by spraying your most musty-smelling clothes with undiluted vodka, then hanging them out to dry.


    Make flowers last

    Wilting bouquets perk up when you mix a few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar with the water in the vase.


    Clean jewelry

    If your jewels are looking dingy, try soaking them in vodka for five minutes, and then rinsing them with water. It’s safe for diamonds and other gemstones, too.


    Banish mold

    Stop that mildew growing between your bathroom tiles with a spritz of vodka. Let it soak for 15 minutes, then scrub thoroughly with an old toothbrush and rinse.


    Relieve jellyfish stings

    These sea creatures are known for their vicious sting, but they’re no match for vodka’s pain relieving power. Use the stuff to disinfect the wound and heal the hurt.