12 (sober) ways to make use of vodka around the house
Vodka: a very versatile liquor that's not only good at a late-night party, but the dreaded "morning after" as well, in a Bloody Mary.
But did you know that it's also good for a lot of other things too? You can actually use this classic spirit around the house for a variety of cleaning jobs. So put away the martini glasses and get out a spray bottle — it's time to do some some housework!
1. Get rid of cigarette odor
Mix one part vodka and three parts water in a spray bottle and spray the smelly upholstery thoroughly. When it's dry, it should smell as good as new. The alcohol eliminates the odor by sterilizing the fabric — other odors caused by bacteria can be eliminated as well. It's a great way to remove smells from furniture that is otherwise hard to clean, e.g. mattresses, sofas, arm chairs etc.
2. Glass cleaner
Using the same mix as in the first example, you can clean your windows and mirrors. For very dirty glass, let the spray sit for a few minutes to get maximum effect. It's also great for cleaning eyeglasses.
3. Grout cleaner
Spray the grout in your bathroom with pure vodka and let it sit for five minutes. Now you'll easily be able to remove all the dirt, grime, and mold that has accumulated in those pesky crevices.
4. As a pesticide
Vodka works well as a natural pesticide. First, wash the plant's leaves with water, dry them, and then dab on some vodka using a cotton ball. Those mites and other creepy crawlers won't stand a chance!
5. Chrome and ceramic cleaner
Pour some vodka on a cloth and rub down your faucets, glass, and ceramic surfaces until they shine like new. This not only cleans but disinfects at the same time. It's the perfect way to leave your tableware and crystal perfectly clean.
6. Remove glue from stickers
Even when you get a sticker off, it often leaves a sticky residue behind that doesn't come off so easily. Simply soak a cloth in vodka and rub the area until the gluey gunk is gone.
7. Clean chandeliers
Cleaning a chandelier is no easy task... that is until now! Simply mix one tablespoon of vodka with one pint of water in a spray bottle. Now put a large towel under the chandelier, climb up on a ladder and start spraying. The towel will catch the overflow and drips and in a few minutes your chandelier will be sparkling like the crown jewels!
8. Remove stains from textiles
Simply rub the stain with a cloth soaked with vodka. When you rinse it with water, the stain should disappear.
9. Polish silver
Soak jewelry, cutlery and other objects made of silver in pure vodka for a few minutes. Afterwards, rinse them off and let them dry. They'll look as good as new!
10. Keep wasps at bay
If you notice wasps buzzing around a particular spot, you can spray the area thoroughly with vodka. You'll soon notice that wasps aren't big fans of martinis, whether shaken or stirred, and will quickly find a new place to hang out.
11. Get rid of soap scum
Soap scum can be a real pain to remove, especially if a bar has been sitting in the dish for a while. But with a vodka spray, you can douse the area thoroughly, let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse. Wow, good as new!
12. Deodorize running shoes
Are your sneakers starting to smell a bit overripe? Here's a quick and easy fix. Simply spray some vodka on them, let it dry, and enjoy the fresh clean smell. Your friends and family will thank you!
With a bottle of vodka and a bit of elbow grease, you can take care of some everyday household chores. Who knew?
And of course you don't have to use vodka — any colorless alcohol will do the job. But the great thing about vodka is that once you're done the hard work, you can take what's left over and make yourself a well-earned drink! How about a screwdriver... or maybe a cosmopolitan... or a sea breeze....